Electrify the rail line to Swansea

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Created March 10, 2011 by Huw

Transport

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  1. Lisabeth Miles Caerdydd UNITED KINGDOM

    Peidier agamddifadu gorllewin Cymru o'r manteision fydd yn deillio o drydaneiddio yr rheilffordd i dde Cymru

  2. Chris Robertson Portsmouth UNITED KINGDOM
  3. Gethin Lewis Carmarthen UNITED KINGDOM
  4. David Lermon Cardiff UNITED KINGDOM

    Very much in favour of a wholly electric line rather than split-fuel

  5. Lynda Bowen Swansea UNITED KINGDOM

    It is outrageous,that the electrified line stops at Cardiff.

  6. Philip Inskip Caldicot UNITED KINGDOM

    The original analysis published by the Rail Satandards Board in 2007 found there was a viable business case. What has changed to reverse this?

  7. Samuel Thimbleby YEMEN
  8. Paul Jones Bridgend UNITED KINGDOM

    I note that it said that there wasnt a strong enough business case to extend the electrification beyond Cardiff to Swansea. Now let me see. Currently, according to the 2009/10 winter timetable, on Mondays to Fridays there are 32 trains during the day between Paddington and Cardiff. Of these 32, 21 run through to Swansea. That's roughly 65% of every train originating from Paddington heading to South Wales terminates or runs through Swansea. I am sure it is roughly similar in the opposite direction. \r\n\r\nYes, I agree it is a wonderful step to see the line westwards into Cardiff being electrified, but in the great overall former Western Region electrification plan, then electrification of the extra 40 miles of dual track between Cardiff to Swansea is surely only a small proportion of the overall costs. \r\n\r\nMy worry is that, I have read that 10-car trains are planned (2 unit) between London and Cardiff, possibly splitting into 1-unit under diesel power running through to Swansea. First, is 5 car sufficient? How many seats per train then, compared to how many seats now? Secondly, how "seamless" is the transfer from a 10-car dual mode electric train transferring to a 5-car train running under diesel power likely to be at Cardiff Central? Currently the stop over there is only a few minutes (2 or 3). Will this lead to a premier Cardiff to London service, and not service between Swansea and London, not so perfect as the current (reliable) HSTs? \r\n\r\nI think we need more fundamental information, but I would fully support electrification through to Swansea.

  9. John Drysdale Peterston super Ely UNITED KINGDOM
  10. Phillip Norman Stapleton Swansea UNITED KINGDOM

    For the expansion of west wales and the tourist industry of the futere

  11. Adrian Small Swansea UNITED KINGDOM

    Failure to electrify the mainline beyond Cardiff will put the recovery and development of S.W. Wales at risk.

  12. Barrie Mort London UNITED KINGDOM
  13. Sian Roberts SWANSEA UNITED KINGDOM
  14. Claire Burrows Swansea UNITED KINGDOM
  15. Mark Rees Swansea UNITED KINGDOM

    As a frequent traveller on trips to London committees, it currently takes 7 hrs of travel to and from Swansea to the meetings. Huge disadvantage and discomfort and disruption. The concept that Wales stops at Cardiff is a long-held Tory philosophy. Swansea is regenerating and it needs infrastructure support from UK Government or just give more money to WAG to match-fund it with WEFO.

  16. Sian James Swansea UNITED KINGDOM

    AS THE MP FOR SWANSEA EAST I HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF SUPPORTING RAIL ISSUES. RAIL ELECTRIFICATION IS VITAL TO THE REGIONAL ECONOMY AND I WILL BE DOING ALL IN MY POWER TO ACHIEVE THIS IMPORTANT UPGRADE.

  17. Chris Coles Cardiff UNITED KINGDOM
  18. Richard Hugtenburg Swansea UNITED KINGDOM

    Better access for the rest of the UK to the Swansea 'wild-west' attitude makes economic sense to me.

  19. caroline dale swansea UNITED KINGDOM
  20. Jayne Slee Swansea UNITED KINGDOM
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