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MPs push for Welsh rail connectivity

A debate on transport links across the England-Wales border was held in Westminster earlier this week, as MPs push for greater connectivity, faster services and electrification of the network.

Led by Mark Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion, the debate focused on setbacks to the plans for an hourly train service between Aberystwyth and London, which have been pushed back to 2014-15 because the single track Cambrian Line is not ready for the service.

MPs stated that mid-Wales is being held back by a lack of transport connectivity and called for Government to respond urgently.

Transport minister Simon Burns said that he would meet with the Welsh Assembly minister for local government and communities, Carl Sargeant, to discuss the issues raised.

In particular, North Wales electrification will be considered “in due course”. The line from Bidston to Wrexham will not be electrified before 2015, as Network Rail suggests the business case does not offer value for money.

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Pedr Jarvis   08/02/2013 at 17:50

It may be worth re-examining the case for re-opening the Bangor- Caernarfon section, which probably should never have been shut. Gwynedd Council pays lip-service to the idea of re-opening but has been proposing to sell pieces of trackbed near Felinheli.

Jb   14/10/2015 at 13:21

Now that the Welsh Highland Railway has been re-established, re-opening the ex LNW Bangor - Caernarvon section would certainly boost the tourist trade in the area by completing the North Wales rail loop via the Ffestiniog Rly.

GLYNNE GIANELLI   06/09/2016 at 12:20

Any plan for an all Wales network must include restoration of the Aberystwyth- Carmarthen line. I have driven down there recently and the main roads are a joke. Restoration of this line would revitalise the mid- Wales economy and open up freedom of travel to thousands. Not everyone drives or has a car and using the bus for such long journeys is uncomfortable in the extreme.

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