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Welsh Liberal Democrats welcome £500m rail link announcement

July 12, 2012 5:05 PM

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has responded to the announcement of a new £500m rail link to Heathrow airport, which will cut journey times by up to 30 minutes for travellers from south Wales. It will also mean that passengers will no longer have to travel into London Paddington or Reading to reach the airport.

Kirsty Williams commented:

"I very much welcome the news that the UK Government is investing so heavily in infrastructure that will have such a positive effect on Wales. This announcement means that not only will journey times be significantly shortened for passengers, but it also has the potential to be a key driver of growth in Wales.

"Since the UK coalition has entered office they have faced a huge task to improve transport infrastructure in Wales. Everyone knows that the Labour Government left behind an appalling legacy. After thirteen wasteful years of Labour in power, Wales was the only European nation, besides Albania, without a single mile of electrified railway. Already the UK Coalition has announced the electrification of the Great Western mainline from London to Cardiff. The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been lobbying hard to ensure that the UK Government will go further and electrify our Valleys lines as well."

Dr Bablin Molik, Cardiff South and Penarth Liberal Democrats by-election candidate, commented:

"A new rail link to Heathrow is excellent news for the people of Cardiff South and Penarth. A direct link with improved travel times is, of course, fantastic for local people who are planning their holidays, but it is also vital for regional competitiveness and encouraging inward investment".

The proposals outline commitment to a new rail link to Heathrow which will cut 30 minutes off the journey time from Wales and West of England and could be operational as early as 2021.