Swansea's Labour AMs, Rebecca Evans (Gower), Julie James (Swansea West), and Mike Hedges (Swansea East), have written to the UK's new Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, pressing for a commitment to make speedy progress on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line between London and Swansea.
Electrification of the line to Swansea had originally been scheduled to be completed by 2019. However, a UK Government review proposed electrification of the line to Cardiff by 2019 whilst pushing electrification of the line to Swansea as far back as 2024.
Rebecca Evans said: "We have made it clear to the new Secretary of State that long delays to delivering the electrification of the line to Swansea would be unacceptable. Swansea's commuters and businesses must not be left behind when it comes to investment in infrastructure.
Julie James said: "There are clear practical benefits to be had from completing the scheme from London to Swansea in one go, not least using electric rolling stock from the outset to benefit passengers."
Mike Hedges said: "The pressure is on for the newly appointed Secretary of State to demonstrate a commitment to the people and businesses of Swansea - to do so, he must throw out the plans to delay electrification to Swansea and return the programme to the original date for completion of electrification to Swansea"