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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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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

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