The UK Government announces plans to electrify the line from Cardiff to Swansea, as well as several Valleys lines
There are reports that UK Transport Minister will announce a £1bn project to electrify the railway lines in south Wales.
Theresa Villiers will visit the Welsh Assembly to discuss rail electrification for Wales, but isn't expected to announce further plans.
A new train maintenance plant will be built in Swansea, after a £4.5billion deal for new intercity express trains was announced by the UK Government today.
Under the agreement, Agility Trains, a consortium led by Hitachi of Japan, will build 596 rail carriages at a new factory in County Durham.
The Intercity Express Programme (IEP) project will see the current fleet of Intercity 125 trains replaced.
On the Great Western Main Line from London to Swansea, the new trains will enter service in 2017.
Together, the new trains and infrastructure will offer the potential for journey time savings of 15 minutes in Swansea to London journeys.
– Transport Secretary Justine Greening
A new train factory is fantastic news for Britain and will be welcomed by everyone who wants to see a thriving UK manufacturing sector.
Businesses in Swansea have welcomed the announcement that the railway line from London will be electrified.
Local business owners are planning to make the most of the new rail links, and hope that the new infrastructure will encourage more business development in the area.
Rail electrification will lead to "more capacity" and "better connections", says the Transport Secretary.
Justine Greening MP said electric trains would be quieter, and lead to lower maintenance costs in the long term due to less "wear and tear" on the tracks.
The First Minister and the Welsh Transport Minister have welcomed today's news of electrification of the whole Great Western line and Valleys lines.
– First Minister Carwyn Jones
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.
– Transport Minister Carl Sargeant
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
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.
– Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan MP
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.