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£343 million investment for Welsh rail infrastructure

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£343 million investment for Welsh rail infrastructure

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said that upgrades to Cardiff Central station will be delivered as part of £343 million investment in the Welsh rail network.

Design work to modernise Cardiff Central station will be funded by a release of £5.8 million, while £3 million has been allocated to advance plans for upgraded signalling on the 241km long Cambrian line in place of the pilot European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) installed in 2011.

Shapps also committed £2 million to the next phase of development work on proposals to speed up journeys between Cardiff and Swansea, Chester and Llandudno Junction, and the Severn Tunnel and Cardiff, through better-aligned tracks and exploring putting additional services on the lines.

Shapps said: “The host of improvements we are delivering across Wales, from huge infrastructure upgrades to creating new and modern stations, are vital to deliver better, quicker and more convenient journeys for passengers within, into and out of Wales.


“We want to transform travel for passengers and, as we build back better from Covid-19, we will ensure our investment helps to level up all parts of the UK.

“By upgrading, improving, and – crucially –modernising our railways, we will make good on our promise to deliver the reliable journeys passengers deserve.”

UK government minister in Wales David Davies welcomed the planned investment and described it as delivering rail services that are fit for the future.

These investment plans follow on from a commitment made by the government in March to empower decision making in rail at a regional level with transfer of powers over the Core Valley lines from Network Rail to Transport for Wales. 

This devolution was backed by £196 million in funding for management, electrification, upgrades and other improvements on the network.


Transport for Wales CEO James Price said that these announcements were in addition major investment made by the organisation in the last financial year. “At Transport for Wales we are continuing with our investment programme and in the last financial year we spent £796 million transforming our rail services,” he said.

“This included £516 million acquiring the Core Valleys Lines, £187 million on the Wales and Borders rail service and an additional £28 million on projects and service operation.

“At the start of the year we opened our Metro Infrastructure Hub in Treforest and construction has begun on our £100 million Metro Control Centre in Taff’s Well as we continue to deliver the South Wales Metro that will bring social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits to the people of Wales.

“We welcome any further funding as we move forward with our transformational plans.” Full story.

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