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Welsh railways must not be neglected for a moment longer

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Call for UK Government to deliver promises on electrification

The Party of Wales has warned that the UK Government’s commitment to electrification between London and Swansea is cloaked in ambiguity.

Jonathan Edwards MP and the party’s Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said that the people of Wales deserve clarity over electrification promises. They warned the UK Government that after it opted to keep responsibility for the railway in Wales, it must prove its commitment.

The Party of Wales MP Jonathan Edwards said:

“The Conservative party fought the recent Westminster election on a clear commitment to electrify the Great Western line to Swansea by 2018. That commitment lies cloaked in ambiguity following today’s statement. It is not clear either if the valleys lines will be electrified to the promised timetable.

“The people of the west and the valleys deserve clarity on whether promises made before the election will be honoured or not.”

The Party of Wales Shadow Economy Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

“Plaid Cymru has always backed electrification and we will continue to fight for the upgrading of our railways. Any delay in the south must not be allowed to have a knock-on effect on efforts to electrify the north Wales line.

“That work has been progressing, but without support from the UK Government it will not happen. We also need to ensure that the valley lines electrification is kept on track.

“Plaid Cymru will continue to make the case for better infrastructure for the whole of Wales so that we can meet our economic potential as a nation.”