Tuesday, 10 May 2011


The new National Assembly, post referendum and post election now has legislative powers - one question that needs to be asked (and answered) is how will those legislative powers be used and to what end? One area for potential legislation is that of our railway network (such as it is). In the last twelve years there have been two successful railway re-openings carried out by Network Rail at the request of the National Assembly the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Line (which re-opened on Friday 10th June 2005) and the Ebbw Valley Railway Line (which re-opened for passenger services on Wednesday 6th February 2008) were by their nature administrative rather than legislative unlike in Scotland (where specific bills to reopen old railways have been vigorously debated, scrutinised, amended and passed by the Scottish Parliament.

I mention this because I was just wondering when will we see bills placed before the National Assembly to:
  • A bill to reopen the Ebbw Vale (Rogerstone) to Newport railink 
  • A bill to reopen the Llangefni and Amlwch railway
  • A bill to construct new railway stations at Caerleon and Magor 
  •  A bill to reopen the Aberdare and Hirwaun railway (in the Cynon valley)
  • A bill to set aside and protect old railway lines from development in Wales for potential reopening

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