Today's meeting in Llandudno to discuss making a business case for electrifying the North Wales mainline was a success, says the Welsh Secretary.
I'm delighted with the outcome of today's meeting. We have now started the process which, I hope, will result in a strong and robust business case for the electrification of the railway line from Holyhead to Crewe. This will not be a short process . Nevertheless this is an important first step and a clear demonstration of the commitment of the business sector and all levels of government in Wales to the electrification of the main railway line in North Wales. I look forward to seeing the business case develop.
The Welsh Secretary will visit Llandudno today to discuss the possibilities for the electrification of the North Wales Railway Line.
This Government remains committed to progressive electrification of the rail network and I have made clear that North Wales is top of my list of priorities for the next investment period.
There is no doubt in my mind that the benefits electrification would bring to North Wales are considerable.
I have already met and had positive discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin and Welsh Government Ministers, National Rail and Local Authority leaders and businesses, and I hope that today's meeting will be the start of a process that will lead to a successful outcome.
We will not achieve results overnight - the next rail investment period is still some years away - but we must start now to ensure the business case meets the same rigorous standards of the South Wales case, and to ensure that North Wales is able to put forward the economic advantages that such an investment would undoubtedly bring.
This is an ambition I share with local authority leaders and Welsh Government ministers, and this is an area in which I hope we can work together to deliver for Wales.
The Welsh Secretary, David Jones, will visit Llandudno today to discuss the possible electrification of the North Wales Railway Line.
Earlier this year the UK Government confirmed plans to electrify the line from Cardiff to Swansea, and lines in Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan, as part of a UK-wide £9bn investment in the rail network.
Today, the Welsh Secretary is expected to reaffirm his commitment to the electrification of the North Wales line.
The Budget document states that the UK Government "will continue to work with the Welsh Government to consider electrification of the Welsh Valley lines subject to value for money and an agreement on financing." Final decision this summer 2012 as part of the five year railway investment plan.