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TSSA to fight against Tory scrapping of rail electrification in Wales

1 August 2017

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes is in Wales this afternoon (Tues) to plan a campaign against the Tory Government's cancellation of rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea.

Cortes is meeting Swansea West's Labour MP, Geraint Davies, in his constituency to discuss enlisting the help of the Welsh public and commuters for a people-powered campaign that keeps the electrification of Welsh rail tracks as a key political priority.

Said Cortes, "Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, disgracefully cancelled the much needed upgrading of the South Wales mainline  between Cardiff and Swansea as parliament was going in to recess so he couldn't be held to account in the House of Commons for his sneak U-turn.

"But there's more than one way to hold the Tories to account for breaking their promises. I will be meeting Geraint today to discuss kickstarting a new campaign In Wales which keeps the upgrading of rail across the country - not just in South Wales - at the top of the political agenda. And one which makes the Tories pay at the ballot box for the contempt they have shown to Wales with the rail U-turn. 

"Labour's 2017 manifesto has already committed to bringing Welsh rail companies back into British public ownership when the franchises expire. And we will be now be working to ensure  the next Labour manifesto pledges  to reverse the Tory's broken promises and honour the commitment made to electrify Welsh rail lines as soon as the next Labour government gets into power."

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