Minister calls for ‘21st century’ Welsh railway

Wales needs infrastructure fit for the 21st century is vital if it is to build on its strengths and drive economic growth, says Wales Minister Guto Bebb.

Speaking at a Policy Forum Wales seminar, Bebb said: “The UK government is determined to work together with the Welsh government and local partners to improve the experience of passengers and commuters throughout Wales.”

One such project is the electrification between Cardiff and Swansea, for which there is no confirmed date.

Network Rail spokesman Dan Donovan told RAIL on September 19: “Completion of electrification between London Paddington to Cardiff is planned to be completed within Control Period 5 (2014-2019) within the estimated total cost of £2.8 billion.

“Electrification beyond Cardiff to Swansea is now planned to be completed within Control Period 6 (2019-2024) with the specific date and costs to be confirmed.”

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  • Noam Bleicher - 21/09/2016 10:45

    A C20th one would be nice, with four-aspect signalling and 100 mph line speed. Sadly the North Wales Coast line is nowhere near this.

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