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We understand the UK Government's current negotiating position is that, in addition to electrifying the mainline as far as Cardiff, it is prepared to pay for the electrification of the central Valleys lines that terminate at Aberdare, Treherbert, Rhymney and Merthyr Tydfil.
Network Rail will also have to find the best solution for electrifying the track through the near four-mile-long Severn Tunnel - which needs replacing every seven years as opposed to normal track of around every 50.
Based on the way business cases are evaluated, there is a stronger case for electrifying the line to Swansea than there was for Crossrail, which is going ahead.
Rail experts have told the Western Mail the entire cost of electrifying the main rail line between London Paddington and Swansea would cost no more than building a new station at Tottenham Court Road - yet the UK Government is only prepared to pay for electrification as far as Cardiff.
Mr Evans said electrifying the 178-mile line would help the Welsh economy shift from its reliance on the public sector.
But it is crucial to note that a comparison of the projects' respective business cases suggests that electrifying the mainline to Swansea would be comparatively of greater benefit.
A senior director of National Rail claims that ministers have already decided against electrifying the main line to South Wales
Seven or eight years ago I calculated that electrifying the Valleys lines would cost about pounds 250m, including new rolling stock and putting up overhead wiring etc.
The Welsh Government is supportive of electrifying the Valley Lines, for which it is currently in discussions with the Department of Transport.
ELECTRIFYING the main line railway through South Wales should be a top priority, rail bosses said yesterday.
It is incorrect to suggest the Government did not examine the effect that potential benefits for rail freight industry would have had on the business case for electrifying the Great Western line to Swansea.
It is a beautiful, difficult and electrifying challenge," he said after taking after from Didier Deschamps.