"I have been informed that Network Rail responded that this was due to budgetary reasons and that at the current level of investment it would take 28 years to get the Welsh network up to the prescribed standard."
A Network Rail spokesman said:
"We have jointly concluded with Arriva Trains Wales that the reduction in fleet availability cannot be solely related to Network Rail's autumn plan as we are increasing spend and activity."We are committed to working jointly with Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government to ensure maximum value for taxpayers' money."
In a debate at the Senedd on Wednesday, Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman Adam Price described current conditions for Welsh rail passengers as a "national crisis".
"We understand and apologise for the frustrations around the capacity issues faced by commuters which has been made worse recently by the additional maintenance required on damaged train wheels caused by the autumn leaf-fall."We continue to work hard with our partners in Network Rail to reduce the impact of this issue."This presumably does no even include reopening lines such as the Carmerthem Aberystwyth route
Its almost as if that there was a policy to make sure Wales can not be united by a rail/road infrastructure in order to make it dependent on links with Liverpool and Birmingham in the North and London in the South.
Or facing the tortuous journey on the A470
We need a 10 year infrastructure plan for both Road and Rail networks and one that seeks not to make Wales dependent on only links to England (and of course other European markets) vital as they are but on serving the Welsh people who probably have a harder time in internal journeys than most of Independent and indeed Regional Europe.