Progress on case for North Wales rail electrification

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones has backed moves by the Welsh Labour Government’s Transport Minister, Carl Sargeant, who has announced that he will work in collaboration with the regional transport consortium, Taith, to develop a business case for the electrification of the North Wales line.

The Minister has confirmed that a robust business case will be developed that will capture the full social, economic and environmental benefits for north Wales.

Work now begins on establishing the strategic case for investment, which will define the scope, objectives, benefits and long-list of options for the project. This in turn will lead on to a robust case for change, which will be complete this summer.

Ann Jones said:

“North Wales needs to be properly connected to the UK electric infrastructure and so I welcome this latest announcement from the Welsh Labour Government’s Transport Minister.

“Effective cross-border links will allow for improved rail services, potentially unlocking economic growth in North Wales, developing a sound business environment for job creation.

“With the South Wales valleys set to benefit from rail electrification and the London to Swansea line also being electrified; it seems only fair that North Wales shares in this rail revolution.”

The business plan for modernisation will build on previous work done to date, including the important North East Wales Area Based Transport Study.