Rail electrification announced

The UK Government announces the electrification of the Valleys lines, as well as expanding the electrification of the Great Western line to Swansea.

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Welsh Government welcomes electrification announcement

The First Minister and the Welsh Transport Minister have welcomed today's news of electrification of the whole Great Western line and Valleys lines.

Investing in our transport infrastructure is vital as we look to improve the economic competitiveness of Wales and the electrification of the Great Western Main Line from Cardiff to Swansea will provide a strengthened east-west economic corridor that will enhance Swansea’s role as an economic hub.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

Electrification of the Valley Lines offers the opportunity for a step change in mobility and connectivity to employment centres for our Valleys communities, as well as a larger employment catchment area for businesses looking to invest in the region

– Transport Minister Carl Sargeant

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Gillan: 'Electrification shows Wales is open for business'

The UK Government has confirmed plans to electrify the line from Cardiff to Swansea, as part of a UK-wide £9bn investment in the rail network.

The Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan lines will also be electrified.

The project, which will cost more than £600m, to be spend during the period 2014-2019.

This investment sends out a clear message that Wales is open for business. Electrifying the rail line to Wales’ second city and to the South Wales Valleys will give people in these areas a chance to fulfil their potential by improving connectivity to labour markets and opening up prospects for jobs and investment.

– Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan MP

Department for Transport illustration showing the chosen routes.

No meeting between UK and Welsh Transport Ministers today

UK Transport minister Theresa Villiers is in the Assembly later but she's not expected to bring news of further rail electrification...

... and because of a change in time for her visit, Theresa Villiers won't now be meeting Welsh Transport minister Carl Sargeant...

... however we do hope she'll be on Wales Tonight at 6pm.

– ITV Wales Political Editor, Adrian Masters
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