THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WALES, has hailed plans for a £500million rail line linking Wales to Heathrow airport.

Cheryl Gillan welcomed the announcement, made by Transport Secretary Justine Greening as the Transport Department published the draft Aviation Policy Framework consultation document, which sets out the UK Government’s long-term strategy for sustainable aviation in the UK.

The plans will mean South Wales will be linked to the UK air hub for the first time rather than having to travel into London to get to Heathrow.

Mrs Gillan, said: "The Wales Office has always supported and recognised the importance of connectivity to Heathrow as a major UK air hub for Welsh business and Welsh passengers. The new rail link will not only provide a more convenient link, but will also be a key driver of growth for the region."