It was the "pause" that created uproar among northern commuters - but today the Department for Transport quietly announced it will begin work on the electrification programme of the TransPennine and Midland Mainline routes.
Plans to pause the programme were announced by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin back in June, when he admitted the programme was "costing more and taking longer" than expected.
At the time McLoughlin appointed Sir Peter Hendy (the former Transport for London boss who was quoted calling London commuter trains "shit") to lead Network Rail. Today the DfT said Hendy had delivered a new plan as to how the electrification of the two lines could go ahead.
There's some good news for commuters: a letter from Hendy to McLoughlin insisted works to improve journey times and capacity have continued throughout the summer on both lines, remaining resolutely unpaused.
However, on electrification, he suggested work on the TransPennine route could begin in 2018, finishing in 2022, while the Midland Mainline would be electrified in stages, finishing between 2019 and 2023.
The British Chambers of Commerce called the works "critical" to the success of businesses in the region.