Plaid Cymru Leader Criticises English Infrastructure Focus of UK Budget


The Rhondda-based Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has laid into the Tories for focusing the UK budget too much on infrastructure investment in England while leaving the valleys’ transport system way behind.

Ms Wood, who relies on the valleys rail links to get from her home in Penygraig to Cardiff Bay, said the gap between the quality of public transport in Wales and England is widening with every year.

Ms Wood said: “While the UK Chancellor announced billions of pounds for HS2, HS3 and Crossrail, electrification of the valleys lines remains a distant dream for commuters.

“Our current transport network in Wales is not fit for the 21st century. To travel between the Rhondda and Cardiff on trains that too often run late or are overcrowded to the point where passengers are left stranded on platforms, it is obvious that we are falling behind the rest of the UK.

“This is why we need a new and strong Welsh Government fighting our corner every step of the way to ensure we get the much-needed transport improvements in Wales sooner, rather than later.”

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