Hmmm. It's not working yet...
sounds good, but as Adorno said, cost is a factor. I'm not sure how worthwhile it'd be. Also, the South generally has more investment - the North should definitely be prioritised over places like Hampshire.
Indeed, i would be wanting the extension to be something along the lines of London-Southampton-Portsmouth-Bristol-Cardiff for the reason that Hampshire is actually a fairly large economic area (when all the cities in the region are combined) and Wales needs vast regeneration and a high speed link to London i believe would aid this (though i would put a detailed case forward if we made a move on high speed rail).
I'm by no means an expert on railways, so I'll cede to your judgement until I can be bothered to check out this subject in any depth. Hearing about the benefits that HS rail could bring to areas like the North, it's not ridiculous to infer that Wales would have similar positives.
(Original post by obi_adorno_kenobi)
But high-speed rail isn't really that necessary. Electrifying the line between Cardiff and London will get times to about 2 hours, that's a reasonable journey for anyone. It'd only be 90 minutes from Birmingham on one of the best lines in the country, after all. And I fail to see why you stop at Cardiff all the time. The trains run through to Swansea and the line should run to Swansea unless you insist on having electric-diesel hybrids simply to pull the last 40 miles to Swansea for sheer lack of vision and knowledge.
Last edited by JPKC; 17-05-2012 at 22:39.
Rail infrastructure in Wales is still done via Network Rail which receives its funding from Westminster as you say however if the Welsh assembly wish to pay for electrification then they can use their grant as seen with the new route.
(Original post by Morgsie)
The Welsh Government has the power of awarding Franchises. Major infrastructure lies with Westminister.
I think, I am not sure.
Last edited by Rakas21; 17-05-2012 at 23:06.