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'Electrify rail line to revive North's economy'.

PLAID Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to secure investment to electrify the North Wales main railway network.

The party's economy spokesman, Alun Ffred Jones, has called on minister Edwina Hart, whose portfolio includes transport, to engage with talks on an European level to ensure that the rail link is recognised as an important economic corridor, and is upgraded.

The UK Government has committed to electrification in South Wales of the Great Western main line to Swansea, as well electrifying the Vale of Glamorgan and Valleys lines AM Mr Jones said: "Plaid Cymru believes that electrifying our rail lines will be extremely important to reviving the Welsh economy. That's why we have warmly welcomed moves to electrify the South Wales line to Swansea and why we have campaigned for the electrification of the North Wales line and the Valleys line.

"Electrification will make out transport network greener, cheaper, and more efficient, and we must make sure that those benefits are available not just in South Wales. The electrification of the line could revive the economy across North Wales, which is a priority for Plaid Cymru, and which should be the government's priority."

Plaid Cymru's candidate for the Ynys Mon by-election Rhun ap Iorwerth said: "Good transport links are crucial if we are to revive Ynys Mon's economy and generate jobs for young people on the island. I will be campaigning to ensure that the North Wales rail line is electrified, and I urge the Welsh Government to lobby hard to make sure it happens."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 5, 2013
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