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  • "Sorry to tell you we do not control anything to do with railways at the moment.
    We may do if the if we take up the opportunity that what the welsh assembly. Has been looking into the best way to run railways in wales?
    Rail in wales in run by the Department of transport, after the Denatiolion.
    Before that it was the British rail board (operations)Thats rail and track) ALL LAND IN THE UK.(,used by the rail industry) TRACKS, YARDS, BRIDGES,DOCKS,CANALS
    , They were controlled british rail property board. Now U.K Treasury.SO SORRY TO SAY MR JONES IS CORRECT ON THIS POINT. He must not invest in something he cannot own at the moment. and has no control over. He must let the parties that own it invest in it ? ie. U.K GOVERNMENT . THE PARTY THAT CONTROL THE TRACK INVEST IN IT
    THE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT.
    He can ask if they don't want to get out of transport in wales and get a good deal for the land and the track, docks, canals, he seems to be a bit of a shark at deals .Remember i think he bought an airport. Hes learning ?"
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'No agreement' that Welsh Government should fund valleys rail electrification

'No agreement' that Welsh Government should fund valleys rail electrification

'No agreement' that Welsh Government should fund valleys rail electrification

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THE row over rail electrification of the Valley lines – and whether or not the Welsh Government will need to pay for some of it – continued to rumble on in the Senedd yesterday.

The first minister Carwyn Jones said there was no agreement at any time that the Welsh Government should fund the project, which includes electrifying the line to Ebbw Vale.

On Monday Mr Jones told journalists that he was concerned that the UK Government’s commitment on funding electrification had drifted.

But David Jones, secretary of state for Wales, said in response that he was "shocked" at the suggestion that the UK Government would pay for the entire cost of the project and said letters showed a deal had been done between Cardiff and Westminster.

First minister Carwyn Jones told the Assembly that there had been “no agreement at any time that the Welsh Government should fund any of the electrification."

He said he had been "careful to emphasise that what I wanted was clarification which I’ve not yet had. I had a letter from the prime minister on Friday that doesn’t clarify the issue.

“The response from the secretary of state bordered on the hysterical considering the comment I had made," he argued.

The first minister added that the issue wasn’t a devolved matter: “Why on earth would the Welsh Government look to pay for something that isn’t devolved?”

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