Abertillery residents launch train station petition

South Wales Argus: Angry residents and business owners are campaigning to open up a railway station in Abertillery to boost local economy and employment.  The residents have formed an action group and an online pertition where they have acquired over 360 signatures.  Pictur Angry residents and business owners are campaigning to open up a railway station in Abertillery to boost local economy and employment. The residents have formed an action group and an online pertition where they have acquired over 360 signatures. Pictur

RESIDENTS in Abertillery have started a petition to try and bring a long-awaited train station to the town “essential” for the community’s future.

There have been numerous calls for vital transport links to be introduced.

But, after it was reported in last week’s Argus a Welsh government minister had earmarked funding for improvements to the Ebbw Valley line, residents in the town have been left frustrated.

The petition was started by Antony Partridge, 29, from Abertillery, on Tuesday and already it has more than 425 signatures.

“We’ve been waiting a very long time for a train station and believed that was in the process of coming,” he said. “But the announcement that the Ebbw Vale line will be improved is frustrating.

“There’s no need for extra trains there when people here are struggling to get out of Abertillery, and the nearest station at Llanhilleth is over three miles away.

“This is vital for our town as businesses are struggling and there is high unemployment because people can’t get to other parts of South Wales unless they can drive.”

Andrew Rogers, 46, is owner of The Dolls House, a live music venue in Abertillery, and thinks that the town is being forgotten about.

“This train station link is vital,” he said. “It had been on the cards for a while but now it’s been put on the back burner again. “We’re a forgotten town compared to Ebbw Vale at the moment. We don’t just want this link to allow people to get jobs elsewhere, but also to bring business in to our town as Abertillery has a lot to offer.”

A Blaenau Gwent council spokeswoman said: “The scheme for a spur and station at Abertillery is a long term proposal that is featured in the Sewta Rail Strategy. The delivery of major rail schemes is led by the Welsh government, however Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is currently looking to identify and protect the land required for the future scheme proposal.” The Argus reported how it was understood that the earmarked funding for improvements to the Ebbw Valley line would allow for an extra hourly passenger rail service. The move has the potential to provide a link to Newport – but it is currently unclear when it would go ahead or whether that train would instead be bound for Cardiff.

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2:17pm Sat 11 Jan 14

daveyates3 says...

You can sign the petition here~
http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/58786
You can sign the petition here~ http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/58786 daveyates3

2:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

beneve says...

The Welsh Assembly and Blaenau Gwent Council have certainly targeted Ebbw Vale for investment but unfortunately for other areas of the Borough they have been neglected by comparison.
The Welsh Assembly and Blaenau Gwent Council have certainly targeted Ebbw Vale for investment but unfortunately for other areas of the Borough they have been neglected by comparison. beneve

2:48pm Sat 11 Jan 14

coidmellyn says...

There is no reason why not the trackbed is still there and free of obstruction as far as rose hayworth lucky for you now all you have to do is get your council to stop any development that will obstruct that as i hope caerphilly is doing on the bedwas and machen line. That is phase 3 of sewta.
And i hope on the lime kiln (cross keys) to oakdale colliery ( blackwood) there is no obstruction at the moment tunnel in place and bridges.
I only wish the councils of the south east would get together and formulate a plan to go forward and integrate all forms of transport and i wish they understood the need to get it right. Remember THEY MUST LOOK TO WHAT WILL BE NEEDED IN HUNDRED YEARS AND GET IT RIGHT FIRST TIME LIKE THE MASTER ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL.
There is no reason why not the trackbed is still there and free of obstruction as far as rose hayworth lucky for you now all you have to do is get your council to stop any development that will obstruct that as i hope caerphilly is doing on the bedwas and machen line. That is phase 3 of sewta. And i hope on the lime kiln (cross keys) to oakdale colliery ( blackwood) there is no obstruction at the moment tunnel in place and bridges. I only wish the councils of the south east would get together and formulate a plan to go forward and integrate all forms of transport and i wish they understood the need to get it right. Remember THEY MUST LOOK TO WHAT WILL BE NEEDED IN HUNDRED YEARS AND GET IT RIGHT FIRST TIME LIKE THE MASTER ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL. coidmellyn

4:05pm Sat 11 Jan 14

tilleryvalleyboy says...

"There is no reason why not the trackbed is still there and free of obstruction as far as rose hayworth" (that should be Roseheyworth) ...er I think Tesco would have something to say about that as there store is directly on the old railway line! .
"There is no reason why not the trackbed is still there and free of obstruction as far as rose hayworth" (that should be Roseheyworth) ...er I think Tesco would have something to say about that as there store is directly on the old railway line! . tilleryvalleyboy

9:05pm Sat 11 Jan 14

ab3rural says...

Tesco would love it to come to Abertillery because it would have a station on its door step. The old line stops behind the old co-op now demolished and would make a great site for the station and car park and a new access road could be built from the A467 straight to it no more extra traffic through the traffic lights.
Tesco would love it to come to Abertillery because it would have a station on its door step. The old line stops behind the old co-op now demolished and would make a great site for the station and car park and a new access road could be built from the A467 straight to it no more extra traffic through the traffic lights. ab3rural

10:58am Sun 12 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Sorry for my miss spelling I should no you men don't take no prisoners. Ha
ROSEHAYWORTH.
Back to the point
PERHAPS .
Tesco has said it always works with the community my be thay can show it.
and move the veg and the milk and put a station undercover like M&S on the motorways of England .
Tesco could be the first on a national railway of wales?..
owned by its community.
Sorry for my miss spelling I should no you men don't take no prisoners. Ha ROSEHAYWORTH. Back to the point PERHAPS . Tesco has said it always works with the community my be thay can show it. and move the veg and the milk and put a station undercover like M&S on the motorways of England . Tesco could be the first on a national railway of wales?.. owned by its community. Thinking heads

3:37pm Sun 12 Jan 14

coidmellyn says...

Thinking heads wrote:
Sorry for my miss spelling I should no you men don't take no prisoners. Ha
ROSEHAYWORTH.
Back to the point
PERHAPS .
Tesco has said it always works with the community my be thay can show it.
and move the veg and the milk and put a station undercover like M&S on the motorways of England .
Tesco could be the first on a national railway of wales?..
owned by its community.
Fantastic move and then they can say they help?
local retail in the area. as well as the community.
WELL DONE.
[quote][p][bold]Thinking heads[/bold] wrote: Sorry for my miss spelling I should no you men don't take no prisoners. Ha ROSEHAYWORTH. Back to the point PERHAPS . Tesco has said it always works with the community my be thay can show it. and move the veg and the milk and put a station undercover like M&S on the motorways of England . Tesco could be the first on a national railway of wales?.. owned by its community.[/p][/quote]Fantastic move and then they can say they help? local retail in the area. as well as the community. WELL DONE. coidmellyn

8:33pm Sun 12 Jan 14

fmartyn181@aol.com says...

when new lines are open the numbers are far greater then planners expect I hope in the next five yrs this line is built and traines go to both Newport and Cardif; you folks in abertillery will have many folks outside your area our full support keep going your line needs to happen so many will benefit from it
when new lines are open the numbers are far greater then planners expect I hope in the next five yrs this line is built and traines go to both Newport and Cardif; you folks in abertillery will have many folks outside your area our full support keep going your line needs to happen so many will benefit from it fmartyn181@aol.com

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