Geraint Davies MP

Working hard for Swansea - yn gweithio dros Abertawe

NAO reported delays and inefficiency must not threaten Swansea rail electrification

The Government's management of rail electrification to Swansea has received a damning report from the spending watchdog the National Audit Office.

Delays in rail electrification are between 18 months and 3 years with cost over-runs of £2 billion or 70 per cent. This is due to bad cost and operational management. It is essential that the electrification to Swansea is not threatened by the Government's incompetence. Swansea will be hit hard if Brexit goes ahead as 25,000 people in Swansea Bay have jobs linked to exports to the EU which will face trade tariffs.


In addition, Swansea will lose hundreds of millions of pounds of EU funding if and when we leave the EU. That means it's crucial that the Conservatives honour their promise to extend rail electrification to Swansea so we are part of the Europe-wide electrified rail network. If we are left out it will hit inward investment and jobs in Swansea Bay. Swansea jobs and prosperity must not be the price paid for Conservative incompetence in planning and implementing rail electrification.


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