The decision to reject the Grand Union rail company’s plans to introduce a new Carmarthen to London rail service from December 2023 has once more cast doubt on the status of Swansea’s main rail line, according to Welsh Liberal Democrats Senedd Candidate, Chloe Hutchinson.
Cardiff currently enjoys a half hourly service to London, but main line services to Paddington from destinations to the west of the Welsh capital only run hourly, a situation which, along with the decision not to electrify the line to Swansea, has been described as relegating us to branch line status.
A new service from Carmarthen to London, via Swansea would have directly challenged the monopoly currently enjoyed by GWR, while helping to put the city back on the map for businesses wishing to invest here, according to Chloe Hutchinson.
‘This is another blow to Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend,’ said Chloe. ‘Furthermore, this decision casts doubt on the viability of plans unveiled by UK Government Ministers not so long ago, to build a new parkway station north of Swansea, precisely designed to improve train services from the west.
‘We need clarification from UK Government ministers as to what future they see for train services west of Cardiff, and how they are prepared to invest in them to help us attract jobs and businesses to South Wales West.’