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Electrification of the rail line to Swansea is still under consideration, says Welsh Secretary

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The Coalition Government will be working with the Welsh Assembly Government on the business case for the electrification of the rail line to…

The Coalition Government will be working with the Welsh Assembly Government on the business case for the electrification of the rail line to Swansea, says Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan.

Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond today said that a final decision on the electrification of the First Great Western line will be made in the New Year.

Commenting on today’s announcement in investment in the rail network, Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan said:  “I welcome the fact electrification of the London-Swansea line is still under serious consideration and will be looking to work with the Welsh Assembly Government to make the business case to deliver it.

“I remain fully supportive of this project. No final decision has yet been taken and I will continue to robustly argue the case with the Secretary of State for Transport and Cabinet colleagues. This is not a simple process and a range of factors must be considered before any decision can be made.”