ConDems are delivering for Wales

EVERYONE knows that the Labour government left behind an appalling legacy.

After 13 wasteful years of Labour in power, Wales was the only European nation, besides Albania, without a single mile of electrified railway.

After two years of a ConDem government, Swansea to London and the South Wales valleys will have an electrified railway.

I’m not a fan of either party party, but they seem to be the only government that have delivered this for Wales.

What we need is a better link between Cardiff and the national airport, with more flights to the USA, India and the Far East.

Andrew Thomas Nutt, Heolddu Road, Bargoed

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2:01pm Fri 20 Jul 12

mocyoung says...

Mr Nutt would do well to do his research.

Electrification of railways in Wales was first proposed back in July 2009 by the Labour government. It identified the South Wales area as being "priority."

Yet as recently as November 2010, our wonderful Condem government were considering scrapping that and only electrifying as far as Didcot, with transport ministers in Whitehall saying there was no business case for electrifying south Wales. It took a lot of campaigning to get this extended to Cardiff, and now to Swansea and the Valleys.

It has taken AMs, MPs and councillors from all parties to convince the UK government of the need for electrification. Finally it seems they have caved into the pressure, seen the light and decided that yes, the original 2009 plan was right all along.

Two years of dithering, and it has pushed back the process until 2017.
Mr Nutt would do well to do his research. Electrification of railways in Wales was first proposed back in July 2009 by the Labour government. It identified the South Wales area as being "priority." Yet as recently as November 2010, our wonderful Condem government were considering scrapping that and only electrifying as far as Didcot, with transport ministers in Whitehall saying there was no business case for electrifying south Wales. It took a lot of campaigning to get this extended to Cardiff, and now to Swansea and the Valleys. It has taken AMs, MPs and councillors from all parties to convince the UK government of the need for electrification. Finally it seems they have caved into the pressure, seen the light and decided that yes, the original 2009 plan was right all along. Two years of dithering, and it has pushed back the process until 2017. mocyoung

2:08pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Severn40 says...

Not quite. As late as 2008, Ruth Kelly, Labour's transport minister published a white paper arguing against further electrification. That was 10.5 years into a Labour Government. I would described that as dithering.
Not quite. As late as 2008, Ruth Kelly, Labour's transport minister published a white paper arguing against further electrification. That was 10.5 years into a Labour Government. I would described that as dithering. Severn40

9:35am Sat 21 Jul 12

Mervyn James says...

Tell Cleggy to stop posting here under an alias....
Tell Cleggy to stop posting here under an alias.... Mervyn James

10:29am Sun 22 Jul 12

nolongergullible says...

Decent road and rail links with Cadiff Airport are desperately needed. The present mix of roundabouts, urban and country roads is a disgrace. A small percentage of the cost of electrifying the railway, spent on new links, would provide a disproportionate benefit on the region.
Decent road and rail links with Cadiff Airport are desperately needed. The present mix of roundabouts, urban and country roads is a disgrace. A small percentage of the cost of electrifying the railway, spent on new links, would provide a disproportionate benefit on the region. nolongergullible

11:31am Sun 22 Jul 12

Adrian Williams says...

Unemployment at nearly 3 million, no growth in the economy, strikes, riots on the streets, families worried about the future and facing the prospect of having to work till their nearly 70 ? Still, at least the rich are happy.
Unemployment at nearly 3 million, no growth in the economy, strikes, riots on the streets, families worried about the future and facing the prospect of having to work till their nearly 70 ? Still, at least the rich are happy. Adrian Williams

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