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CONCERN AS RAIL COMPANY EXCLUDES WELSH INVESTMENT

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The Western Mail (p2) says Railtrack plans to spend£17bn over 10 years on its network but refuses to invest in Wel...
The Western Mail (p2) says Railtrack plans to spend£17bn over 10 years on its network but refuses to invest in Welsh railways because they are not profitable enough.

The paper says, with no signifiant sum due for upgrading Welsh lines, spending per head of population could be lower in Wales than elsewhere.

The quality of work carried out at some stations in Wales has been criticised. The paper says Railtrack's maintenance was responsible for most of the delays that dogged Great Western services earlier this year.

It says Railtrack has no plans to electrify any Welsh railways or open any new stations unless other bodies, such as councils, provide the cash.

Local authorities in Wales have to pay to upgrade Railtrack's property because such projects would not generate a profit for Railtrack.
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