According to Adam Price MP the announcement that Swansea and Cardiff will be joined to London by an electric rail link is:
The culmination of more than thirty years of work on Plaid’s part (it became party policy in 1977), dating back to a time even before I joined the party.
Welsh Ramblings sees it as a personal victory for Ieuan Wyn Jones:
Question for the One Wales sceptics - would this have happened if Ieuan Wyn Jones was not Transport Minister?
George Monbiot noted last December that:
The railway map of Wales is a classic indicator of an extractive economy. The lines extend either towards London or towards the ports. As Eduardo Galeano established in The Open Veins of Latin America, the infrastructure of a country is a guide to the purpose of its development. If the main roads and railways form a network, linking the regions and the settlements within the regions, they are likely to have been developed to enhance internal commerce and mobility. If they resemble a series of drainage basins, flowing towards the ports and borders, they are likely to have been built to empty the nation of its wealth for the benefit of another. Like Latin America, Wales is poor because it was so rich. Its abundant natural resources gave rise to an extractive system, designed to leave as little wealth behind as possible.
The electrification project continues the drainage and extractive use of railways in Wales. The electrification project is bad news from a nationalist prospective. It ties Cardiff and Swansea to London, rather than enabling the cities to contribute to Wales as a nation.
Nothing for a nationalist to be proud of. Another proof that Plaid has ditched its Nationalist Credentials!