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Plaid – for a better rail service

15/04/2022

Mr Jones said that good transport connections are essential for the economy, for society and for the environment of 21st century Wales.  He added that people rely on good transport links for work, business and everyday life and in many parts of Wales these links still need to be much better.  The Plaid leader was joined by the party’s local candidate Dr Dafydd Trystan Davies who said that a Plaid government will create a better transport system to get Wales moving – speeding up journeys and providing fast, reliable and affordable ways to travel. 

The party has also said that it will push for control over the funding and responsibilities of Network Rail and of the rail service in Wales to be brought to Wales, with extending electrification to Swansea and the valley lines as a priority in this. 

Plaid Cymru leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones, said:

We all need good transport links for work, business and everyday life but in many areas of Wales these links are not good enough.  The rail franchise agreement for Wales needs a complete overhaul and we will push to bring control over that to Wales.  We’ll move to electrify more railways across Wales and to improve our bus services.  A more connected Wales will help to create a more successful Wales.”

Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Cynon Valley, Dafydd Trystan Davies, said:

“A Plaid Cymru government will create a better transport system to get Wales moving – speeding up journeys and giving you fast, reliable and affordable ways to travel.  We’re not happy to sit back and accept that electrification will only go as far as Cardiff.  We want to see it extended to Swansea and to the Valleys lines.  Labour as the UK government failed to put the funding in place to make this happen and the Tory Lib Dem coalition has followed that lead.  Neither should be rewarded for that failure. Only Plaid has the ambition to deliver the transport system that the people of Wales need and deserve.”