UK Government Scraps Rail Electrification Plans to Swansea

Plans to electrify the Great Western Railway line between Cardiff and Swansea have been scrapped, the UK’s transport secretary has said.

Chris Grayling told the Western Mail a faster journey between the cities would be achieved without the “needless disruption of engineering works”.

He said a new fleet of trains would be on the line from the autumn, with 130 extra seats per train.

From BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-40665659

 

Commenting on the news, Liz Maher, President of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce said:

 

“The business community in Swansea and West Wales will feel let down by this decision but we mustn’t dwell on this set-back. Swansea has so much going for it. The recently signed City Deal and the developments planned for the city centre will help boost the economy in Swansea and surrounding areas. And Swansea continues to be ambitious with its bid to be the UK City of Culture. The South Wales Chamber of Commerce will continue to campaign for full electrification of the rail line to Swansea and for a positive decision on the Tidal Lagoon.”

20 July 2017
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