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Welsh Labour commit to electrification roll-out

Words: Laura Edgar
Welsh Labour leader, Carwyn Jones

The Welsh Labour Party has outlined plans to electrify the South and North Wales Main Lines and to protect local facilities in its election manifesto.

The Assembly election will take place on 5 May, 2016.



Welsh Labour plans to protect social housing by ending the Right to Buy scheme and building an extra 20,000 affordable homes during the next term, should the party remain in government. Help to Buy would also be kept.

The party would also “take advantage” of “every opportunity” to bring empty homes back into use.



The party says it would work with communities to protect local facilities that bring people together, such as libraries, museums and pubs.

“We will introduce measures to help prevent unnecessary closures and to assist communities to take ownership of community assets themselves where possible and appropriate.”



The party says “no one should have to leave their community in order to move up in the world”. Therefore, it promises to build the transport infrastructure “needed to better connect people with place of employment and equip people of all ages with the skills needed for a successful career”.

Welsh Labour plans to build on investments made in its current term in government, working with partners across the border on strategic rail and road routes. This would see the roll-out of electrification of both the South and North Wales Main Lines.

The manifesto states: “We will demand both of the UK Government as well as fast links from North Wales to the air hubs of the north-west of England.”

Together For Wales also outlines plans to deliver metro systems in the north and south of the country, an M4 relief road, A55 improvements, and a more efficient bus network.



The manifesto says the party supports the development of tidal lagoons and community energy schemes and would continue its “robust and unequivocal opposition to fracking”.

Together for Wales can be found here.

The Welsh Conservative Party has outlined plans to develop a Starter Homes Cymru scheme while the Welsh Liberal Democrats plan to develop a Welsh planning inspectorate. 

Housing, transport and energy have been listed as priorities for the Wales Green Party while Plaid Cymru has pledged to create a National Housing Company.

Image credit | The National Assembly for Wales