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Progress is being made on Magor station

PROGRESS is being made on a project to build a railway station at Magor.

Cabinet member for county operations, Cllr Brian Jones, has recommended Monmouthshire council takes forward work on a business case.

This is so members and officers can develop it in line with the South East Wales Transport Alliance's (SEWTA) programme requirements, the Welsh Government and Network Rail.

Bids to pay for it would have to be made to SEWTA as part of its yearly regional spend.

The station project has been led by the Magor Action Group on Rail (MAGOR), who said in February they had one last shot at completing it by 2018.

In 2008, Monmouthshire council and SEWTA had to decide whether to invest in improvements to Severn Tunnel Junction or work to provide a new station at Magor.

The Severn Tunnel Junction project was chosen.

But now a public consultation has found a high number of commuters travel there from the growing populations of Magor and Undy.

Ted Hand set up the MAGOR group, whose members believe a new station could revolutionise travel for 9,000 people who could access the station by foot or bicycle in less than 15 minutes.

Magor advisor and rail expert Phil Inskip produced a business plan which shows the main road through the village sees around 11,000 vehicle movements per day and 60 bus services.

He said over the past few months the group has been pressing for the council to commit to the Magor campaign: "As a group we are very pleased this is formally happening. The two stations are potentially viable, a Southampton University evaluation indicates Magor is good value for money but SEWTA and the Welsh Government will have the final say."

Mark Youngman, the council's transport policy and compliance manager was due to meet the Magor group yesterday to discuss the next steps.

Comments (4)


Magor says...

The decision has been taken accept it.Severn Tunnel Jn needs to be improved, things like this just create delays.


SteveD says...

I don't think this is even news. A station in Magor is genuinely not needed. There is already a station in each of Chepstow, Caldicot and Rogiet. All within a 15 minute drive of the planned station location.

Why does Magor need a train station? Look in comparison at the size of Newport. One station. Now people are planning four stations in the immediate Monmouthshire area? I am pretty sure that this money could be used far more wisely. Hopefully the government veto these plans.


smokintheweed says...

Trains have never been viable for local trips, that is what buses are for. The more stations you add, the slower the trains go in between stations and the closer they then become to buses. Rail travel is meant to be fast commutes between places of importance.


Boxclever says...

Just to put the alternate view . . . The study on Severn Tunnel was done almost 10 years ago and there are now a lot more train users generally and Magor and Undy has grown hugely and even more houses are planned. Having said that, STJ still needs improving but Rogiet doesn't seem to want any new roads or car parks to serve it. If Magor and Undy had its own station (the largest proportion of users of STJ are from here apparently) and I haven't heard of anyone against it in Magor and Undy, then it would take some load off STJ and the Rogiet residents and get cars off the B4245. As I understand it there is more often than not 'slack' in train journey times to add in a stop or two without delaying. People want to get to towns where they work and shop quickly on a train from where they live not have to drive half of the journey. Frankly, buses are erratic and take too long. Let a new station at Magor and Undy be part of the STJ solution not part of the problem.

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