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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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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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