Rail electrification to Swansea dropped by the UK Government

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On 20 July the UK Government published its High Level Output Specification and Statement of Funds Available. These statutory statements set out what the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, wants the railway in England and Wales to achieve between 2019 and 2024 during rail planning Control Period 6 (CP6).

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Predicting the future of Wales: Welsh Government report published

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Population expansion, economic growth and flooding are just some of the things on the horizon for Wales, according to a ‘Future Trends Report’. The report, published by the Welsh Government on May 5 2017, is a requirement of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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New publication: Welsh-medium and bilingual provision in Further and Higher Education

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This briefing provides an overview of Welsh-medium and bilingual provision in the Further and Higher Education sectors in Wales. It explains the policy context and identifies key institutions and initiatives. The paper also gives statistics on the number of Welsh-medium and bilingual learning activities in these sectors and the number of learners studying through Welsh or bilingually. The Welsh Government has a target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050 and sees education and linguistic progression as one of the main ways to achieve this, as stated in its new Welsh Language Strategy. The report of the Welsh Government task and finish group on the future of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is due to be published soon.

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Could Free Zones give Welsh ports a boost?

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Free Zones are areas which are geographically inside a country’s land border, but considered to be outside customs controls. In these areas, import duty and VAT are not applied until goods leave the zone and enter the host country. When located in sea ports they are often referred to as Free Ports.

Free Zones appear all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria, and act as catalysts for international trade by allowing traders and shipping companies to store goods with minimal expense and bureaucracy.

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