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Welsh Government Is “Picking Up The Mess” From UK Government’s Rail Failures

February 12, 2019

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has criticised the UK Government for failing to deliver rail infrastructure improvements since the Conservatives took office in 2010.

 

Speaking during a debate in Westminster Hall on issues around the Great Western Mainline, the Ogmore MP slated UK ministers’ inaction on station improvements and said the Welsh Government had been having to step in instead.

 

Speaking after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said:

 

“Quite frankly, it shouldn’t be up to the devolved administrations to use parts of their tight budgets on station improvements which are still a reserved responsibility of the UK Government.

 

“I’m pleased the Welsh Labour Government are investing heavily in the new Wales and Borders franchise but it’s time for the UK Government to finally stump up the cash we need to deliver radical infrastructure improvements in South Wales.

 

“To be blunt, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling should be utterly ashamed at his dismal record in office.”

 

During the debate, numerous MPs from along the Great Western Mainline raised concerns with ministers including: delays, cancellations, compensation, electrification, station improvements and the condition of the rolling stock.

 

MPs were left exasperated by Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP’s response to the debate, accusing him of using statistics as a smoke screen for government failures.

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