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Welsh rail infrastructure: Welsh rail service and track operators to give evidence to Welsh Affairs Committee

8 February 2021

Network Rail, Transport for Wales and operators of train services in Wales will give evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee as the Committee considers the infrastructure needs, and future requirements, of the Welsh rail network.

Witnesses will be split across two panels. In the first panel with Network Rail and Transport for Wales MPs are likely to address:

  • the implications of the abolition of the rail franchise model;

  • the effectiveness and fairness of infrastructure investment levels and distribution;

  • the Union Connectivity Review.

Among the subjects the Committee are likely to explore on the second panel with senior figures from Great Western, West Coast and CrossCountry railways are:

  • challenges to rail service delivery;

  • the suitability of Department for Transport methodology in rail project funding decisions;

  • the impact of Covid-19 on the sustainability of the rail network in Wales.

Thursday’s evidence session will be the second oral evidence session of the Committee’s railway infrastructure in Wales inquiry.


Thursday 11 February 2021

At 9.30am:

  • James Price, CEO, Transport for Wales;

  • Bill Kelly, Route Director Wales & Borders, Network Rail.

At 10.30am:

  • Mark Hopwood, Managing Director, Great Western Railway;

  • Richard Scott, Director of Partnerships and Strategy, West Coast Partnership;

  • Sarah Kelley, Regional Director for West & Wales, CrossCountry.

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