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Transport for Wales Chief Executive to face MPs on cost overruns of the South Wales Metro and reliability of rail services

13 July 2023

The Welsh Affairs Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session examining Transport for Wales (TfW), largely considering the increasing costs of the South Wales Metro.

When funding for the South Wales Metro was confirmed in 2018, £738 million was made available. However, more recently, this figure has increased to around £1 billion.


MPs will also likely discuss the reliability of train services across Wales. In recent months serious concerns have been raised about TfW rail services. In the year 2021-2022, 4% of TfW rail services were cancelled, an increase from 2.2% 2017-2020. This is despite fewer trains operating. Further, a Transport Focus survey found that there was only a 69% satisfaction with punctuality and reliability. Concerns have also been raised over maintenance of the fleet, have experienced three fires between February and March 2023 alone.


Members will also be asking witnesses about the South Wales mainline and bus services across Wales.


At 10.00am

  • James Price, Chief Executive, Transport for Wales

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