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Will new rail plans mean more interest in electrical courses?

The government has announced it will electrify rail lines in two regions of the country - a project that may require the expertise of technicians who have completed electrical courses.

Transport secretary Phillip Hammond revealed that lines linking Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Blackpool in the north and London, Reading, Didcot and Oxford in the south would receive the upgrade.

He claimed the coalition government fully intends to carry out more electrification enhancements, which may spell further good news for engineers on electrical courses.

Mr Hammond explained that the improvements should make trains cheaper to run, as well as offering benefits to passengers.

"Electric trains are cleaner, quieter and more reliable than diesels as well as providing more seats," explained the Department for Transport official.

This month, transport minister Theresa Villiers said she was "delighted" to announce an upgrade to the South West Trains network, which will see ticket machines offering Oyster top-up services.

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