Numerous rail electrification plans exposed
The British Government has announced plans to extend electrification to the Welsh Valleys’ rail network and to the 10 mile branch line between Oxenholme and Windermere.
The UK government will take over funding and support of the Cardiff-Bridgend section of GWML electrification scheme to Swansea at a cost of £105 million as well as contributing £125 million towards the costs of the Valley Lines network electrification.
The Welsh government will assume sponsorship and responsibility for delivery of the Valley Lines project.
The Lake District scheme is predicted to cost £16 million and will remove the need for diesel trains to serve the line. Once the northwest electrification project is completed, through services will continue link the National Park with Manchester.
Network Rail will carry out the work and the line could be electrified within three years. NR is also electrifying the lines between Manchester and Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.
Journey times from both Merthyr Tydfil and Treherbert to Cardiff would be reduced by around 10 minutes to a just over 50 minutes.
Source: British Rail
Cardiff-Bridgend section of GWML electrification
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