The Welsh Affairs Committee begins their inquiry into the cancellation of planned rail electrification in South Wales.
Purpose of the session
Plans to electrify the line between Cardiff and Swansea were cancelled in July, with the Government arguing that disruptive works were unnecessary and would not prove to be value for money compared to other options. Instead, the route will be serviced by a fleet of bi-mode trains that could switch from electric to diesel power.
This session features Professor Stuart Cole, Emeritus Professor of Transport at the University of South Wales, and authority on rail issues Roger Ford. In this meeting, the Committee investigates the reasons for the change in policy, as well as the implications for South Wales. It will also look the costs, planning and implementation of Great Western Electrification programme, and what options might be available in the future.
Tuesday 21 November, Grimond Room, House of Commons
- Professor Stuart Cole CBE, Emeritus Professor of Transport, University of South Wales
- Roger Ford, Industry and Technology Editor, Modern Railways Magazine