News that Network Rail managers are exploring whether the Valley Lines should be electrified by the end of this decade, regardless of whether the UK Government abandons main line electrification in South Wales, is good news. The initial Network Rail Valley Lines study could be completed by the summer and this fresh research could help ministers in Cardiff and Westminster decide on future investment.
The Western Mail, notes that so far no funding has been identified yet for the scheme, but the investment could more than pay for itself because electric trains would bring so many advantages over the diesel-powered alternatives. The timing of the scheme's implementation, if adopted would be driven by the fact that the rapidly ageing Sprinter and Pacer trains, which are currently used for Valley Lines services, will have to be withdrawn from service at some point. So lets get it done!