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According to a BBC story about the uncertainty of railway electrification between Swansea and Cardiff, Network Rail expects to accommodate a 110%+ increase in demand for rail travel between South Wales and London, on the existing line.

Network Rail, forecast growth in Wales to London passenger demand

So why does the government claim that the “£55.7 billion” HS2 railway is needed to meet increased demand from Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds?

[Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification commitment urged, Brian Meechan, BBC, 18 July 2017]

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns on Monday took a look inside the new hybrid trains which will start operating on the Great Western service this autumn.
[…]
Mr Cairns would not be drawn on further electrification west of Cardiff but said the new [IEP] trains would bring benefits to Swansea passengers sooner than envisaged.

“Passengers won’t know if they’re running on diesel or electric,” he said.

How won’t they know? The IEP trains have diesel engines underneath the carriages. Has MTU invented a noise- and vibration-free diesel engine?

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Written by beleben

July 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

Posted in Politics, Railways

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