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Msmurf

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Re: Metro

PostThu Nov 26, 2020 4:53 pm

Another report full of good ideas.....but how much will ever be built?

https://gov.wales/south-east-wales-tran ... mendations
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PostFri Nov 27, 2020 9:18 pm

Msmurf wrote:Another report full of good ideas.....but how much will ever be built?


There many a slip twixt cup and lip but I'm reasonably optimistic about this one.

The key is that it requires the support of both the Welsh and the UK governments.

The support of the Welsh Government can be taken as a given, what ever the result of next year's election. It also has access to the circa 1.6 bn of borrowing powers that weren't drawn down following the rejection of the M4 relief road scheme. I would expect the Welsh Government to use some of that that money to deliver the bus and active travel elements of the scheme. However they won't be willing to chip in for rail infrastructure spending which (apart fro the CVL) is non-devolved.

So the rail part would fall on the UK DfT and Network Rail.

Given that Lord Burns is widely respected in Westminster and that the UKG is looking for schemes that both boost infrastructure investment post-covid and "strengthen the ties that bind the Union"it could be an attractive proposition.

It's a clever move to suggest that the new stopping trains would run between Cardiff and Bristol rather than, say Cardiff and Chepstow. It will ensure buy in by WoE politicial leaders and cross-border connectivity is a real buzz word for a Government that's sh***ting itself about the break up of the UK.
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Re: Metro

PostSat Nov 28, 2020 3:47 am

I am also cautiously optimistic about this - given that report was commissioned by WG.

But at the same time pessimistic because it relies on the glacial movements of Network Rail, who will need to conduct all sorts of business case analysis before scheduling this into a future 'control period' and at a time they wil be starved of cash by the likes of HS2 overruns.

On the other hand if WG can secure devolution of Rail Network this will unlock the process and should be a no-brainer.
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Re: Metro

PostTue Jan 19, 2021 10:04 am

Behind the scenes work on the South Wales Metro:

https://nation.cymru/news/excavations-e ... les-metro/
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Re: Metro

PostTue Jan 19, 2021 7:05 pm

jones4891 wrote:Behind the scenes work on the South Wales Metro:

https://nation.cymru/news/excavations-e ... les-metro/


Nice colour piece and photos.
Really good to see some boots on the ground.
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