Swansea West MP Geraint Davies has written to Mr Grayling to get support for the rail project

UK Government Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been urged to give his backing to the proposed £1bn Swansea Bay Metro project by Labour MP Geraint Davies.

The plans include a rerouting of the Great Western Mainline, which could see train journeys between Cardiff and Swansea of just 30 minutes.

In letter to the transport secretary, Swansea west MP Geraint Davies, says: “The proposed Metro system would reduce journey times between Cardiff and Swansea by half an hour through rerouting the line,” the Swansea West MP said in his letter.

“The Metro proposal would cost an estimated £1bn. The Government is investing £55bn in HS2 in England, which KPMG has estimated will displace investment in South Wales to the HS2 corridor and lose 20,000 jobs.

“It is important that Wales has it’s fair share of £2bn in rail investment.

“The Swansea/Neath/Port Talbot region had “the largest urban footprint in Wales”.

“It is part of the poorest region in Europe and needs to be connected to the UK’s high speed network.

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