Today in Parliament I called on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to address the UK Government’s underfunding of Welsh rail infrastructure.
Speaking in Transport Questions, I said: “I know from speaking to constituents who commute that far more needs to be done to improve capacity and make travelling by rail more affordable to encourage people out of their cars. So what will Ministers do to address the fact that Wales is only set 6% of UK rail funding despite Welsh routes making up 11% of the network? And as part of that can we have a new railway station for Magor as part of the New Station Fund?”
I’ll continue to push for greater investment in Welsh rail services, which have been underfunded by UK Government ministers for too long. Cross-border services between Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol are of strategic importance to the economies of Wales and the South West, and need to be improved for the sake of the passengers who are paying more and more just to get to work in the morning. I was also glad to have another opportunity to highlight the campaign for a new station in Magor in the Commons chamber, and I look forward to meeting the Department for Transport with the Magor Action Group on Rail (tagging them in) next week.