ELECTRIFICATION of a major trainline will speed up journeys between Barnsley and Sheffield.

Transport secretary Justine Greening announced the Midland Mainline between Sheffield and Bedford would switch to electric trains by 2019 at a cost of £800m.

The change is expected to make services more reliable, carry 140,000 extra passengers and could cut the journey between Barnsley and Sheffield by about 10 minutes, according to the Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

LEP chairman James Newman said he believed the improvements would also help create more jobs in the region.