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Rail electrification scheme ‘a shambles’, says Islwyn MP

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has labelled the government’s decision to scrap the electrification of the Great Western Railway between Cardiff and Swansea as ‘a shambles’.

Speaking after the government announced plans not to extent electrification to Swansea as promised, Mr Evans, a Member of the Public Accounts Committee which produced a critical report of the project’s delays and overspending, said:

‘The government have dragged their feet over the planned electrification. Today’s announcement is nothing short of a shambles.

‘Over £1.2 billion of taxpayers’ money has been wasted because the government did not budget for the project correctly.

‘It has been beset with delays, even though the government promised the project would be completed by 2018. Not a single yard of the track has been electrified.

‘When I raised this at Treasury questions this week, the government gave no indication that this decision was coming.

‘Is there any wonder why the National Audit Office was so damning in its report into the project earlier this year? It is clear that the government cannot manage infrastructure projects of this nature.’