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Great Western Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Jonathan Evans Jonathan Evans Conservative, Cardiff North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for journey time improvements to the Great Western main line between south Wales and London other than by electrification; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The new fleet of trains procured by the Intercity Express programme will reduce journey times from Cardiff to London Paddington by seventeen minutes and Swansea to London Paddington by 20 minutes. The journey time reductions are a result of the trains' faster acceleration, shorter station dwell times and a revised service pattern, and are not caused by electrification as such.

Furthermore, because modern trains accelerate very much faster, Network Rail is reviewing whether any speed limits along the line of route might be increased so as to maximise the benefit of this improved acceleration.

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