Cross-border Road and Rail Connectivity

Building on previous Inquiries by the Welsh Affairs Committee in 2008 and 2010, the Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into cross-border road and rail connectivity. Among the issues that the committee will examine are:

  • the extent to which cross-border public road and rail services are currently provided for and accessed by the Welsh population
  • the arrangements currently in place to co-ordinate cross-border road and rail transport service provision
  • the potential impact on Wales of the plans for a High Speed 2 (HS2) Rail Service between London, the Midlands and North of England
  • the funding of cross-border transport infrastructure
  • the progress made on improving co-ordination between the Welsh Government and Department for Transport on cross-boundary issues and matters of strategic importance


1. Deadline for written evidence: 12 April 2012.  

2. First evidence session held on 12 June 2012. Watch. 

3. Second evidence session held on 3 July 2012. Watch. 

4. Third evidence session held on 16 October 2012.  Watch. 

5. The Committee visited Network Rail's Wales Operating Centre and the Wales Traffic Management Centre on Wednesday 24 October 2012.

6. The last evidence session took place in Aberystwyth on 8 November 2012.

7. The Report Crossing the border: road and rail links between England and Wales (PDF 275 KB) was published on 6 March 2013.

8. The Government response was published on 22 May 2013.

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