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South Wales Railway Line: Electrification

Question for Wales Office

UIN 123637, tabled on 18 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effect of not proceeding with the electrification of the Cardiff-Swansea mainline.

Answered on

23 January 2018

The UK Government is committed to reducing emissions across the nation’s transport network. The bi-mode Intercity Express trains on the Great Western route will utilise modern technology and will produce less emissions than today. Once the Great Western transformation is complete the new trains will spend most of the journey between London and Swansea in electric mode, with near-zero emissions. In diesel mode the new trains meet the highest rolling stock emissions standards and will convert nitrogen oxides in exhaust gases into water.

Answered by

Wales Office