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Will be interesting to see what it comes up with, especially the voting system.
 

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Will be interesting to see what this convention comes up with but in the end I'd expect any recommendations to be ignored if it doesn't suit either Westminster or Cardiffs agendas.
 

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I note that Martin Shipton is the political editor-at-large with the Western Mail (one of Reach Plc's numerous titles around the UK) having previously been chief reporter. He is said to specialise in controversial and investigative stories.

Does he have a track record of being in favour of Welsh Independence?
 

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I note that Martin Shipton is the political editor-at-large with the Western Mail (one of Reach Plc's numerous titles around the UK) having previously been chief reporter. He is said to specialise in controversial and investigative stories.

Does he have a track record of being in favour of Welsh Independence?
He has written constitutional articles before and I think does lean towards being pro indy.
 

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Members for the Welsh Government's independent constitutional Commission have been announced.
Good to see Leanne Wood on it so there's a voice for the option of an independent Wales.
 

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Interesting comment from Micheal Gove
 

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It's not levelling up when Wales has 10% of the Rail net work, and only 2% of the rail investment over the past 10 years. They have done to the North of England what they did to the South Wales mainline with regards to electrification of the line between Cardiff and Swansea.
 

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It's not levelling up when Wales has 10% of the Rail net work, and only 2% of the rail investment over the past 10 years. They have done to the North of England what they did to the South Wales mainline with regards to electrification of the line between Cardiff and Swansea.
If I remember correctly the UK government said it wasn't value for money to electrify between Cardiff and Swansea. I think the cost was somewhere around £500 million. I think the reality is that the UK government has seen the cost of HS2 balloon and decided to cut their losses when it comes to a line going to Yorkshire. On the news they're making a big deal of investing for commuters between Manchester and Liverpool and Manchester and Leeds. Which no doubt will be the cheaper option!
 

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"Asking Transport for Wales "to explore the development of transport links between north and south Wales"
Be interesting to see what that entails.
Also expanding the Senedd to potentially 100 seats, council tax reform and publicly owned energy and construction companies are just a few things agreed as part of an agreement between Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour.
 

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Union Connectivity Review Final Report

The Union Connectivity Review’s Final Report has now been published - see link below (ack and thanks to Carl0927 who earlier today posted the link elsewhere in F4A).

The UK Government asked Sir Peter Hendy to undertake a detailed review into how transport connectivity across the UK can support economic growth and quality of life in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Sir Peter was also asked to make recommendations as to whether and how best to improve transport connectivity between the nations of the UK.

Sir Peter and his colleagues have come up with 19 major recommendations which are based on a strategic transport network for the whole of the UK encompassing air, rail, road and sea. Three of the 19 recommendations specifically relate to Wales.

The Review also recommends that the criteria for subsidised routes (PSO) should be revised and extended. This could well have a beneficial effect on CWL.

These are recommendations with no certainty the Westminster government will accept all or any of them but they present powerful arguments. Although the Review Final Report is 97 pages long it's fairly easy to pick out those parts that relate directly to Wales.

 

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I wonder if the Welsh Government, will take on board these recommendations, as you quite rightly state, they could be a large benefit to CWL.
 

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Considering their new climate change focus I don't see the Welsh government wanting to appear to be subsidising flights.
 

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Why is Wales missing out on the UK's biggest-ever rail infrastructure spending spree?​

It's “the largest ever single Government investment in the rail network” and Wales is getting nothing

In the article there's some suggestions from Professor Mark Barry on what could be developed rail wise if Wales had the full Barnet consequential from HS2 like Scotland and Northern Ireland have.

Improving the South Wales mainline - £1bn - £1.5

Key improvements could include:

  • Increase the speed of Cardiff to Swansea trains to 35-40 minutes
  • Travel from Cardiff to Bristol in 40 minutes
  • Five to 10 new stations between Cardiff and the Severn Tunnel
“Something innovative” in West Wales - £0.5bn-0.75bn

Key improvements could include:

  • Using lighter trains to navigate Wales’ mountainous terrain
  • A direct line for Aberystwyth to Swansea

North Wales mainline and borderlands electrification - £1bn

Key improvements could include:

  • Three or four new stations and the introduction of dedicated local all stop commuter services on the mainline.
  • To complement the mainline a range of measure to enable the borderlands line to support two trains per hour with new and upgraded station.
  • Eventually move to four trains per hour and fully integrated with the Merseyrail network.
  • In the medium/longer term electrification of the mainline and service integration with HS2 via Crewe and northern powerhouse rail.

The Swansea Bay Metro (£0.5bn) and South Wales Metro (£1bn)

 

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Look at what the new Cardiff Parkway station will look like.
 

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I'm assuming that the Paddington route is well used by business people from the Cardiff area. Is eastern Cardiff a particularly big source for this traffic? I ask because, with minimal detailed knowledge of Cardiff, I wonder whether the Parkway station would achieve two things for such travellers: (a) remove the need to travel into central Cardiff to catch the London train (b) provide a slightly shorter journey time to London, although the overall journey time between Cardiff Central and Paddington would be slightly increased to take account of the Parkway stop.

Have there been calls in South Wales for non-stop Cardiff-Paddington operations on some of the trains?
 

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I'm assuming that the Paddington route is well used by business people from the Cardiff area. Is eastern Cardiff a particularly big source for this traffic? I ask because, with minimal detailed knowledge of Cardiff, I wonder whether the Parkway station would achieve two things for such travellers: (a) remove the need to travel into central Cardiff to catch the London train (b) provide a slightly shorter journey time to London, although the overall journey time between Cardiff Central and Paddington would be slightly increased to take account of the Parkway stop.

Have there been calls in South Wales for non-stop Cardiff-Paddington operations on some of the trains?
The Eastern side of Cardiff doesn't have a train station so hopefully it'll provide more than just quicker service to London but also benefit people going the other way but obviously services to London are essentially going to be the marquee service for it.
 

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The Eastern side of Cardiff doesn't have a train station so hopefully it'll provide more than just quicker service to London but also benefit people going the other way but obviously services to London are essentially going to be the marquee service for it.
Greater Cardiff already has a significant local rail network with many suburban stations, more extensive than Greater Bristol for example, so it's odd that the eastern side of the city currently has no station. I suppose many of the suburban stations are on Valley lines in and towards the north of Cardiff.

It's something that appears to be long overdue and I believe other stations are planned to the east of the conurbation.

Post-Beeching the rail system was decimated everywhere across the UK, now we are seeking to reinstate as well as develop new where we can. The same thing is happening with trams although in many UK cities they began to be phased out pre-war.
 

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Greater Cardiff already has a significant local rail network with many suburban stations, more extensive than Greater Bristol for example, so it's odd that the eastern side of the city currently has no station. I suppose many of the suburban stations are on Valley lines in and towards the north of Cardiff.
The rail infrastructure in Wales was really built for the movement of goods to ports rather than designed around the movement of people hence no rail in Eastern Cardiff. So the only public transport option available is busses. It has been muted that the planned Cardiff Crossrail might eventually go through Rumney, Llanrumney and St Mellons potentially connecting Cardiff and Newport but i believe that's more a vague idea rather than actual concrete plans at the moment but i suspect it might take 20 to 30 years before anything like that happens.
 
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