GREATER Manchester transport bosses have welcomed the go-ahead being given to electrify the Liverpool to Manchester train line.

Transport minister Sadiq Khan visited Manchester to make the announcement that the conversion to electric will begin immediately.

The line is just one of two in the country to be selected as a priority, with the Great Western mainline from London to South Wales also to be electrified.

The Department for Transport estimates that the journey time between Manchester and Liverpool will be just 30 minutes following electrification – a saving of 14 minutes.