UK wide transport review must address £2.4bn+ underinvestment in Welsh rail
Ken Skates has said the recently announced ‘Union Connectivity Review’ should be used as an opportunity to “put right” the UK Government’s neglect of Welsh railways.
The Union Connectivity Review was launched by the UK Government to explore ways to improve connectivity between Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Minister has previously made clear that the review must respect the current devolution settlement and not stray into matters which are the responsibility of the Welsh Government. This red line on devolved responsibilities was set out alongside Ministerial counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Welsh Government has calculated that under current spending plans, a conservative estimate of the underfunding of Welsh railways from 2001-2029 is £2.4bn, and this figure could be as high as £5.1bn.
A document setting out the calculations was yesterday published. Another report which outlines how investment would benefit for north and south Wales mainlines (as part of Metro systems) has also been published.
Last week Llwybr Newydd was published, a new draft transport strategy pledging a major reduction in carbon emissions from the Welsh transport sector. It included a new sustainable transport hierarchy that would prioritise public transport over roads. The need to get more people out of cars and onto buses, trains and sustainable forms of travel is a key driver of the Welsh Government’s vision for transport.
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, yesterday said:
The UK Government has to demonstrate its sincerity to levelling up our country by addressing their failure to invest fairly in Wales’s rail, broadband and aviation connectivity. It has refused to devolve these powers and funding, whilst also failing to take our connectivity seriously.
The Union Connectivity Review is an opportunity for the UK Government to reflect on historic underinvestment and to focus on putting things right.
- Rail projects
- Written Statement: Union Connectivity Review
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