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Network Rail can’t be trusted on costs, says Welsh minister


Rhodri Clark
13 April 2017
Valley Lines: fixed budget for upgrade
Valley Lines: fixed budget for upgrade


The Welsh Government says its plan to take control of the Valley Lines above Cardiff reflects a lack of confidence in Network Rail’s ability to upgrade the infrastructure within the fixed budget available.

Infrastructure secretary Ken Skates told an Assembly inquiry into the next Wales and Borders franchise that Network Rail’s delivery record had been problematic. “If we look at some past experience, for example electrification of the Great Western line, there is sufficient...

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