Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has outlined her party’s plans to bring about a “rail revolution”. In a meeting with Network Rail in Bangor station, Leanne Wood set out plans for a new finance model to invest in the railways, linking up parts of Wales that are currently not connected by rail, and electrifying the railway through to Swansea and potentially in other parts of Wales.
Leanne Wood said that the Conservative UK Government had shown that it wasn’t interested in investing in Wales’ rail infrastructure after it scrapped plans to electrify the line to Swansea.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:
“Plaid Cymru wants to bring about a rail revolution.
“The UK Government proved its reluctance to invest in Wales’ rail infrastructure when it rolled back its plans to electrify the Great Western Mainline as far west as Swansea. But rather than wring our hands and complain about the Tories, the Party of Wales will respond with a solution. A new finance model so that we can upgrade and improve our railways.
“Plaid Cymru wants to issue a rail bond so that we can finance electrification to Swansea and beyond. This model would also enable us to create a Metro for the Swansea Bay and Western Valleys region.
“It would also enable us to link up the nation through rail. We would re-establish a Carmarthen to Aberystwyth rail line and ensure that it links with the north, to Pwllheli and beyond. These links are key to revitalising our western coast, and creating an all-Wales rail line, running the length of the country.
“We have already secured funding for the outline business case for such an initiative to go ahead.
“Plaid Cymru is serious about delivering for the whole of Wales. This means investing in infrastructure, creating jobs and linking up communities so that no part of the country is left behind.”