The Welsh Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the cancellation of plans to electrify rail between Cardiff and Swansea.
The inquiry follows the announcement in July by the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling to cancel plans to electrify the railway to Swansea and to replace the electrification with bi-mode trains.
Plans to electrify the Great Western Mainline between Swansea and Paddington Station in London were first announced in 2012, electrification will continue along the rest of the line but the 60 mile stretch between Swansea and Cardiff was cancelled.
The Welsh Affairs Committee is inviting evidence on the following issues:
- The arguments for and against electrification of the railways.
- The cost of electrification of the railways in Wales.
- How cancelling electrification will impact Swansea and Cardiff.
- The case for devolving rail infrastructure spending to the Welsh Government
Interested parties are requested to keep to a word limit of 3,000 words and to focus on key areas that the Committee should investigate during its inquiry.
The UK Government's Department of Transport has been contacted for comment.