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Welsh Secretary: Great Western franchise will ensure continuity for Welsh passengers

The Secretary of State for Wales David Jones has today responded to the announcement from the Department of Transport

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Railway track
Railway track

The Secretary of State for Wales David Jones has today responded to the announcement from the Department of Transport confirming that First Great Western Ltd will continue to operate the franchise for the Great Western mainline until September 2015.

David Jones said:

“Today’s announcement will ensure continuity for the passengers who, like me, regularly use this important railway line connecting London to South Wales. The assurance of improved services, such as the roll out of WiFi, will also be warmly welcomed.

“Our programme, which we announced last year, of electrification if the main line from London to Swansea, and the Cardiff Valley lines, will remain on target.”

Notes to Editors:

For further details on the Department for Transport announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/franchising-deal-to-boost-services-on-great-western-main-line

Published 3 October 2013