Billions of pounds could be spent on a ‘vision’ to improve railways around Bristol and in South Wales over the next ten years, politicians on both sides of the Channel will announce today (Thursday).

The dream could see up to £8bn spent on a host of new stations, services and connections in the West of England and South Wales, and include cutting journey times between Bristol and Cardiff to just half a hour, with four trains per hour. between the two cities.

The Secretary of Government for Wales will join leaders from South Wales and West England to launch the ‘Vision for 2050’, which will see vast improvements to rail services on this side of the Channel, as well as in South Wales. .

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The plan will come in two stages, with between £1bn and £2bn spent on near-term improvements that have already been largely outlined and will take until 2035, 12 years, to implement.

These include the first phases of the MetroWest project, which will see the reopening of the Portishead line and the reopening or creation of new commuter stations in and around Bristol, and the West of England ‘Transport Corridors’ scheme.

In the second stage of ‘Vision 2050’ up to £8bn will be spent on electrifying the Great Western Mainline to Cardiff, expanding the capacity of the Severn Tunnel, which has been a capacity limit since it opened in 1886.


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