Railways: Wales

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse has been of electrification of the railway line (a) in the Severn Tunnel, (b) between the Severn Tunnel and Cardiff Central station, (c) between Cardiff Central Station and Bridgend, (d) between Bridgend and Port Talbot Parkway, (e) between Port Talbot Parkway and Neath and (f) between Neath and Swansea; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Network Rail is delivering the Great Western Electrification Programme to the dates set out in the latest publication of their Enhancement Delivery plan.

This includes completing electrification of the Great Western Mainline to Cardiff Central by December 2018. The recent National Audit Office’s report states that electrification is expected to cost £2.8 billion.

Network Rail have advised the Department that expenditure on the mainline between Cardiff and Swansea has yet to be finalised.

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