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Will the Valley Line Electrification strategy reduce the barriers to employment for the economically inactive living in the poorest parts of the Valleys?

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  • Release date: 13 March 2013
This scoping research examines the potential impact of electrification of the Valleys railway lines on access to employment opportunities.

The Valley Line Electrification strategy is thought to offer economic benefits. One such benefit hopes that electrification will reduce the barriers to employment experienced by the economically inactive. Social surveys suggest that many of the economically inactive living in the Valleys are prepared to commute to work. While the increased speeds offered by electrification will widen the commuting radii for those willing to travel over 11 minutes, adding an additional stop, this study found that any such benefits were potentially negated by the costs of travel.


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