Action not words on North Wales electric line, says AM


Geraint Jones


WE NEED more than words to achieve an electrified railway line to Holyhead.

That was the view of North Wales AM Aled Roberts, who called on the Welsh Government to apply to the UK Government’s Department of Transport for funding to make a business case for an electrified north Wales coast line.

Welsh Government Transport Minister Carl Sargeant confirmed he would support a business case for the line.

However, Mr Roberts said: “The people of North Wales want more than just words.
He added: “This Welsh Labour Government has a reputation for dragging its heels when it comes to making the big decisions.

“I’m therefore calling on the Minister to move this to the top of his agenda so that we can present a comprehensive business case as soon as possible to the UK Department of Transport.”

Mr Roberts said the UK Government’s Department of Transport has a budget of around £140 million, and added Welsh Labour must ensure a bid is submitted “in the short term.”

He said: “The Secretary of State for Wales recently said he is keen to help develop the business case for the North Wales coast line.

“It is essential that both the UK and Welsh Government’s work together to ensure the best deal for the people of North Wales.”

A spokesman said the Welsh Government was building a long term plan for rail infrastructure in Wales to meets the needs of users.

He added: "The Minister has already underlined the need to focus on the case for investing in north Wales and has written to the new Transport Minister to highlight this issue."


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