The Welsh Government has welcomed today's announcement of changes to Network Rail but says there should be no delay to plans to electrify the line from London to Swansea. A spokesperson says:
Opposition parties are demanding that the Transport Minister confirms that the Great Western main line will still be electrified through to Swansea by 2018. Patrick McLoughlin told MPs that the project was a top priority and is going ahead when other electrification schemes are being "paused". But he told Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards that he'd have to write to him about the completion date.
Mr Edwards said he was "concerned by the ambiguity" of the minister's response. The Liberal Democrats' spokesperson in the Assembly says she'll also be writing to Patrick McLoughlin.
But the Wales Office Minister Alun Cairns has backed today's announcement.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs that the electrification of the Great Western main line will be prioritised over other projects in the midlands and north of England as part of a crackdown on delays and rising costs at Network Rail. The state-owned company which controls the railway tracks is due to electrify the line from London to Swansea.
The minister told Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards that the government remained committed to electrifying through to Swansea on schedule, though he couldn't confirm that meant by 2018. He did not mention the electrification of the Valley Lines, which will largely be funded through the Welsh Government.
Network Rail say the go-ahead for rail electrification in the Valleys will mean a better train service and boost the Welsh economy.
Figures show that despite most people agreeing it’s dangerous to trespass on railway tracks, a third believe they would hear a train in time to move out of the way.
This increases to more than half of 16-24-year-old males.
A video of one youngster's near-miss with a train has been released as part of a new Network Rail safety campaign.
The clip shows the young man sprinting across the railway tracks at Crosskeys in a fruitless attempt to board.
His actions have been condemned by Network Rail Wales Cymru as 'shocking', with a spokesperson saying rail trespass is 'just not a risk worth taking'.
There were 18 fatalities here over the past five years and 27 near-misses last year, with incidents occurring both at stations and along the railway.
The final plans to build a £5.2m new station to serve Energlyn and Churchill Park in Caerphilly County Borough will be unveiled today at a public exhibition.
The new station will be located between Aber and Llanbradach.
Network rail says the new station aims to serve a growing community.
When it's finished it will be operated by Arriva Trains Wales.
The Welsh European Funding Office has helped to fund the scheme, which has been developed jointly by the Welsh Government, Network Rail, Caerphilly County Borough Council, South East Wales Transport Authority (SEWTA) and Arriva Trains Wales (ATW).
Work to clear the railway line between Rhymney and Barry has been completed. It's after trees and debris on the line caused a derailment yesterday morning.
A spokesperson from Network Rail confirmed that all debris was now clear, and the track is now fit for use.
Work is now underway with Arriva Trains Wales to resume normal train services as soon as possible.