First Minister downplays expectations over rail franchise
Outgoing First Minister – Carwyn Jones – has sought to reduce expectations around the impact of the new rail franchise in Wales.
Speaking today, he has warned passengers that substantial changes including new carriages and electric services are “not going to happen overnight”.
It’s far cry from the “brave new era” Welsh passengers were sold by Labour ministers when the procurement process was in its infancy.
A new operator to run the Wales and Borders franchise for the next 15 years is due to be announced later this month.
Shadow Economy Secretary, Russell George, said:
“This is half the world away from the brave new era in rail travel that we were sold, and the First Minister’s comments will be of serious concern to long-suffering passengers.
“The new franchise must improve rail transport standards across Wales – and this downplaying of expectations simply isn’t good enough.
“Passengers are justifiably expecting the franchise to put right the shortcomings in passenger services that have afflicted rail users in Wales for years.”