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Friday, April 13, 2007

Letting the train take the strain

Rhodri Morgan yesterday managed to find some of the few trains still running in Wales as he took to the railways to boast of Labour's record of investing in the network.

Unfortunately, his timing was appalling, especially for those commuters trying to get from Swansea to all points east by train. Work on the Cardiff to Swansea line has overrun from the bank holiday weekend, forcing up to 22,000 rail passengers on to replacement buses for the whole week.

According to the First Minister there has been a £400 million investment in Welsh railways. Those who travel by train regularly would be hard-pressed to say exactly where all that money has gone, even when things are running normally. On this issue I think that there is general consensus that both the UK and the Welsh governments can do better.
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