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Electrification no-go west of Cardiff

Plans to electrify the Great Western Railway line between Cardiff and Swansea have been scrapped.

The UK’s transport secretary, Chris Grayling has told the Western Mail that a faster journey between the cities would be achieved without the needless disruption of engineering works.

Network Rail is working to deliver electrification between London and Cardiff by the end of next year.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:

“Passengers on the Great Western Mainline will be travelling on faster, modern trains with increased capacity, greater comfort and better connectivity from this autumn.

“Journey times between London and Swansea will be cut by 15 minutes and we are also looking at direct services from Pembroke Dock to London via Carmarthen and station improvements at Cardiff and Swansea.

I am also committed to exploring the possibility of a new Swansea Parkway Station north of the city and supporting proposals for Wales’ first privately run station at St Mellons.

“Disruptive electrification works between Cardiff and Swansea will no longer be needed because the new fleet of trains will be doing the route in exactly the same amount of time as they would be on a fully-electrified route.

“This means west Wales remains open for business whilst we concentrate on growing the local economy through modern technology and better connectivity.”