Train line to Swansea set to be electrified by 2018
RAIL electrification to Swansea is set to be complete by 2018.
Network Rail said the modernisation would cut 20 minutes off the journey time from London.
The £350million investment will also see lines from Cardiff to the South Wales valleys electrified. However, that part of the project is not set to be completed until 2020.
In 2011 the UK Government announced it would only electrify the Great Western Mainline as far as Cardiff.
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However, after a long and hard fought campaign, the decision was reversed last year.
Geraint Davies, Swansea West MP, campaigned for the electrification to the city.
He said: "It's fantastic news it will be ready for 2018. This will really help inward investment.
"It will also help with city region status as the whole of Swansea Bay came together to campaign for rail electrification all the way to Swansea."
And Bruce Roberts, secretary of Swansea Business Club, said: "We're very pleased to learn of the target dates for the electrification of the London-Swansea main line."
Mark Langman, Network Rail route managing director for Wales, said: "The plans we have set out will deliver the biggest investment in the Welsh rail network since the Victorian era.
"It's early days in our planning and we're already working on using new innovations to try and keep disruption to passengers to a minimum.
"For instance, with the electrification, we've ordered a new machine that actually that works during the night when the trains aren't running."