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Rail must be under Assembly control; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

| SIR - The shocking news that the West Coast rail franchise arrangements have been a total disaster shows once again why Welsh railways should be under the control of the National Assembly ("Case for taking Welsh railways public 'strengthened' by West Coast 'fiasco'", October 4).

This latest fiasco by the UK government has cost taxpayers PS40m with the prospect of further losses yet to be admitted.

The transport policies of the UK Government are in turmoil. Let's not forget that the High Speed routes are again under review. In Wales we need to be able to manage our own networks. Welsh railways should be under public control, through a not-for-dividend set-up. This is similar to how many European countries run their railways.

What will be the implications for contracts awarded in respect of the electrification of Welsh railways? We heard a lot of boasting about this upgrade by both Labour and the Tories although not a mile has yet been electrified to date.

Never forget that Wales has only been receiving 3% of the UK's rail infrastructure spending, despite us accounting for 5% of the UK's population. With this underinvestment it is no wonder that the Welsh economy is not as strong as anyone would like.

The West Coast fiasco has also illustrated the failure of the Parliamentary scrutiny system. The Commons Select Committee chaired by Labour failed to identify the astonishing errors in the financial assessments when investigating the bids. Does this show that MPs need to attend briefing sessions on how to question senior officials? At least AMs are investing in improving their investigation skills.

CHRIS FRANKS Leader Plaid Cymru Vale of Glamorgan councillors
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 5, 2012
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