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In a recent parliamentary debate on Wales – England transport links, Nia Griffith MP stressed the importance of good links for economic development and called for more through trains to west Wales. She also urged the UK government to prioritise projects which will reduce delays on the London to west Wales route, such as sorting out the signalling and congestion at Reading and reducing flood risk around Bristol and the Severn Tunnel.

She went on to say “I welcome the purchase of Cardiff Airport by the Welsh Government as an opportunity to increase the range of destinations you can get to from Cardiff, as this would save people the expense and inconvenience of having to get to London to catch a plane. But, in order to maximise the potential of Cardiff Airport, we need good train connections from West Wales, as well as links eastwards to encourage people on both sides of the border to think of Cardiff as a viable alternative to London or Birmingham.”