The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the decision to delay the electrification of the Great Western Mainline between Cardiff and Swansea.
A review published today by Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, has seen the time frame for delivery of the Great Western Mainline and South Wales Mainline delayed, so electrification may not be completed until 2024, instead of 2018 as first planned.
Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Lib Dem Shadow Minister for Transport, said:
“The Liberal Democrats in Coalition Government secured agreement that electrification would extend to Swansea by 2018. Now, with the Tories on their own, they have put this project on hold.
“Electrification is needed to ensure South Wales can benefit from improved, faster services and more environmentally sustainable railway.
“The Labour Welsh Government have also failed to outline a clear timetable for electrification on the Valley’s lines to the West of Cardiff. This latest review will likely mean delays in this project too, which begs the question why the Welsh Government has also refused to commit to electrification projects West of Cardiff?
“Electrification of the South Wales railway infrastructure is vital to the prosperity of the region, and I call on the Labour Welsh Government and Conservatives to deliver these programmes as originally planned.”