The Secretary of State for Transport established the Electrification Task Force to provide him with advice on the next steps for electrification in the North of England.
It reported to the Secretary of State in March 2015, setting out how schemes could be brought forward and their development accelerated. The Task Force was chaired by Andrew Jones MP.
Northern MPs and Councillors, supported by officers from Network Rail and Rail North's partner authorities, have worked with DfT to determine the priorities for electrification.
The Electrification Task Force based its recommendations on a wealth of technical and economic evidence.