Is the rail landscape in South Wales on the point of major change?
With ITV Wales reporting a UK government u-turn on its previous exclusion of Swansea from electrification, and big rail spending plans due to be announced, plus the already-announced direct rail link from south Wales to Heathrow, it begins to look likely.
Campaigners for electrification to Swansea met this weekend to press their case. If electrification is good for Sheffield then why not Swansea?
Fishguard Trains will be following developments closely next week …
UPDATE: IT’S OFFICIAL
UK Government announces major new electrification for Welsh railways: “The landmark decision to take electric rail beyond Cardiff to Swansea, completing the full electrification of the Great Western Main Line out of London Paddington at a total cost of more than £600m, and electrifying the Welsh Valley lines, including Ebbw Vale, Maesteg and the Vale of Glamorgan. These will give two-thirds of the Welsh population access to new fleets of electric trains helping to generate Welsh jobs and growth by slashing journey times and boosting passenger and freight capacity.
Fishguard Trains will be looking closely at the implications for the remaining third of our rail network – including Fishguard.