A NEWPORT MP said transport secretary Justine Greening did not know the answer to a question on whether this week's announcement to electrify the Ebbw Valley line meant trains could run to Newport.

Paul Flynn asked in the Commons whether the announcement means the Ebbw Vale line could be modernised so trains could run into the heart of Newport.

"That is a very good point," said Ms Greening. "The electrification will open up a range of possibilities."

She was interrupted, and added: "I can hear honourable members on the opposition benches chuntering".

Mr Flynn later tweeted: "Do rail plans include investment in the Ebbw Vale line to allow trains direct... [to] Newport? Justine Greening doesn't know."