The South East Transport Alliance welcomes the announcement to electrify the Great Western Main Line to Cardiff and immediately highlights the need for continuing electrification to Swansea and electrification on the Valleys Line network, including the Maesteg, Vale of Glamorgan, Ebbw Vale, Chepstow and Abergavenny lines.
Councillor Jeffrey James, Chair of Sewta, said the organisation is working towards developing the case for electrification throughout the region.
“Rail electrification would bring great benefits to the people of all South East Wales. Services on the Valleys Line network, the Maesteg and Vale of Glamorgan lines, and the Ebbw Vale, Chepstow and Abergavenny lines would be greatly improved by electrification. Electric trains are far more efficient than diesel-powered trains. They accelerate quicker, are cleaner emitting less CO2, lighter and are more reliable, and cause less wear and tear on tracks.”
Councillor James said work was well underway on Sewta’s future rail policy and the alliance looked forward to working closely with the UK Government’s Department for Transport, the Welsh Assembly Government, Network Rail and the rail industry in further developing the business case for electrification of the South East Wales rail network.