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Welsh Government reduces NR’srole in rail line upgrading

RAIL

Rhodri Clark
11 May 2018
Newbridge station on the Ebbw Vale line still awaits its second track and platform, years after Network Rail began work
Newbridge station on the Ebbw Vale line still awaits its second track and platform, years after Network Rail began work

 

The Welsh Government is to reduce Network Rail’s role in the troubled upgrade of the Ebbw Vale line in South Wales. The upgrade will now be delivered with the help of the winning bidder for the 15-year Wales and Borders franchise operator and development partner (ODP), who is due to be announced this month.

The Government has already taken the unprecedented step of negotiating the removal of the Core Valley Lines (the rail branches north of Cardiff) from Network Rail’s hands because...

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