UK Government announces electrification of Great Western Mainline

March 1, 2011 3:38 PM

Commenting on the announcement by the UK government that it will invest in electrifying the Great Western mainline from London to Cardiff and investing in new trains to run from London to Swansea, Kirsty Williams AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, said:

"The news that the UK government is investing so heavily in Welsh railway infrastructure - both track and trains - is fantastic news for South Wales and for the Welsh economy.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have always been fully committed to the project and have lobbied government extensively for a positive announcement to be made as soon as possible.

"Passengers will benefit from faster journey times and new trains running between London and Swansea.

"Gordon Brown announced an electrification project in 2009 saying that work would start immediately but nothing happened. Not only did Labour fail to put aside any money to pay for the project, they had not carried out the detailed technical work needed.

"This announcement is of course good news for all of South Wales and will benefit many hundreds of thousands of passengers making the trip from Swansea to London. We will continue to push the case for electrification to be extended from Cardiff to Swansea."

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