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'Tory plans on electrification are as clear as mud' - Eluned Parrott

It would be completely unacceptable for Welsh passengers to have to wait even longer for the electrification of the Great Western Line, Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister has said today.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced this afternoon that the UK Government is going to delay or cut back a number of modernisation projects planned for Network Rail because rising costs and missed targets make the £38.5bn plan untenable.

According to the BBC, projects at most risk of being delayed are the electrification of the Great Western Railway to Swansea, as well as the electrification of the Midland Mainline.

Eluned Parrott AM is writing to the Department of Transport and the Welsh Government seeking assurances that the timetable for electrification in Wales is still on target.

Eluned Parrott AM said:

“It would be completely unacceptable for Welsh passengers to have to wait any longer than they already have for these vital improvements.

“The Liberal Democrats in Government worked hard to secure electrification for Wales, but now the Tory Government’s plans for this project are as clear as mud.

“I am particularly concerned that the Transport Minister failed to properly give a firm delivery date. That simply isn’t good enough.

“We need clarity as soon as possible on the future of electrification projects in Wales as this is vital to strengthen our economy.”