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Peter Black welcomes decision to electrify main rail line between Swansea and London

July 16, 2012 8:12 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed today's announcement that the UK Coalition Government is to extend electrification of the main line beyond Cardiff to Swansea.

The proposals form part of a £10 billion investment in railway infrastructure over the next ten years, that will help to stimulate the economy, improve journey times, reduce carbon emissions and contribute towards getting people out of cars and into public transport.

Mr. Black said: "This is very welcome news indeed and more than justifies the cross party campaign that was assembled by Chris Holley when he was Council leader. Local business people, academics and politicians of all persuasions have worked together to make this happen and I am pleased that the Government listened to them and agreed that the business case to extend electrification was strong enough to give it the go-ahead.

"Like others, Welsh Liberal Democrats have been lobbying very hard behind the scenes to get the Government to respond to Swansea's case. This investment demonstrates how Swansea, together with Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot and points west, are benefitting from the Coalition Government."