Newport's Pye Corner railway station approved

South Wales Argus: Newport's Pye Corner railway station approved Newport's Pye Corner railway station approved

A NEW railway station in Newport is to be granted planning permission despite privacy concerns from nearby residents.

An application for planning permission for the Pye Corner station in Rogerstone was passed with conditions by Newport council planning committee yesterday, with a proposal to allow officers time to add further requirements rejected.

Residents have complained that people using trains stopping at the station on the Ebbw Valley Line may be able to see into bedrooms and gardens, and claimed the consultation wasn’t good enough.

Officers have recommended that a screen or a fence be a condition of approval for the £3.5m scheme.

Chris Evans, Labour Rogerstone councillor, told the committee a station should be something to celebrate, but the consultation had been “abysmal”, blaming the South East Wales Transport Alliance (SEWTA) which guides local transport policy.

He said since money appeared for the project “everyone is saying it has been rushed”.

“If you had a nine-year-old daughter whose bedroom overlooks where trains will be stopping, perhaps you would be concerned,” he said.

Cllr Evans called for the application to be deferred for six days, with a ward meeting due to take place where residents and planners will be in attendance, but committee chairman Paul Hannon said they couldn’t do that.

Cllr Hannon suggested the committee could approve the application, but give officers permission to allow further conditions following the planned meeting.

Richard White, Conservative councillor for Marshfield, said “to maybe help decrease traffic in the area, the line needs to be open in Newport”, with trains currently only running to Cardiff.

Martin Buckle, secretary and programme manager for SEWTA, had argued to the committee that the scheme would help reduce travel times and reduce congestion.

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10:11am Thu 6 Feb 14

blackandamber says...

It will be great for the residents to be able to catch the train. Still be on the bus to Wales third largest city though.
It will be great for the residents to be able to catch the train. Still be on the bus to Wales third largest city though. blackandamber
  • Score: 6

10:53am Thu 6 Feb 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Chris Evans, Labour Rogerstone councillor If you had a nine-year-old daughter whose bedroom overlooks where trains will be stopping, perhaps you would be concerned,” he said.
Silly statement, there are hundreds of railway lines going past peoples bedrooms, they chose to live by it. Is up to the parents with common sense and fit blinds , so stop moaning do you want progress or not ???
Chris Evans, Labour Rogerstone councillor If you had a nine-year-old daughter whose bedroom overlooks where trains will be stopping, perhaps you would be concerned,” he said. Silly statement, there are hundreds of railway lines going past peoples bedrooms, they chose to live by it. Is up to the parents with common sense and fit blinds , so stop moaning do you want progress or not ??? Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 25

11:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

keithbob says...

as mentioned before,is this being sited near the narrow bridge near the surgery and school?,and what about the line into newport station,isnt this more of a prority with our councillors asking for more shoppers??
as mentioned before,is this being sited near the narrow bridge near the surgery and school?,and what about the line into newport station,isnt this more of a prority with our councillors asking for more shoppers?? keithbob
  • Score: 9

4:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

TrayB says...

As a daily commuter on this line the thought of adding extra stations leaves me cold. Arriva Trains cannot cope with the amount of commuters it has now! Whilst I think the idea is very good and think everyone should be able to benefit from this service, I cannot help but feel it will turn our daily commute into an even bigger shambles than it already is!
As a daily commuter on this line the thought of adding extra stations leaves me cold. Arriva Trains cannot cope with the amount of commuters it has now! Whilst I think the idea is very good and think everyone should be able to benefit from this service, I cannot help but feel it will turn our daily commute into an even bigger shambles than it already is! TrayB
  • Score: -2

7:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

westender says...

Privacy concerns? I don't know about Rogerstone residents but if I plan on getting my kit off to shower ,change clothes or retire to bed I draw the bedroom curtains, although as a fat grey haired old git I don't suppose many voyeurs would be interested in my body
Privacy concerns? I don't know about Rogerstone residents but if I plan on getting my kit off to shower ,change clothes or retire to bed I draw the bedroom curtains, although as a fat grey haired old git I don't suppose many voyeurs would be interested in my body westender
  • Score: 11

7:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

steve.i. says...

Why not have a station closer to or actually alongside the industrial estate in Rogerstone then maybe more people would use the train to commute to work, residents in Bassaleg wouldn't have to draw their curtains either, just a thought!
OH! and put a few more carriages on at busy times, stop changing the platform from which the train leaves Cardiff..
Why not have a station closer to or actually alongside the industrial estate in Rogerstone then maybe more people would use the train to commute to work, residents in Bassaleg wouldn't have to draw their curtains either, just a thought! OH! and put a few more carriages on at busy times, stop changing the platform from which the train leaves Cardiff.. steve.i.
  • Score: 6

7:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Very positive news for Bassaleg and Rogerstone residents.
Very positive news for Bassaleg and Rogerstone residents. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 3

9:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

coidmellyn says...

Need for station i think is justified. But not there British rail looked at the site in the 80s. ebbw vale garden festival they decided it was to problematic. ie congestion to small and to much money to develop site they look at site between cefn wood and chartist way that was the better option.
i do feel so for the planning committee they are dummies?
that is not a derogatory word on the railway that is a signal of something you cannot see or your vision is being obstructed be someone or something in this case sweta your planning department and money
at the meeting it was disclosed that the land at pye corner had been bought.
who was consulted. when did that come out for consultation with who money did you buy it welsh government money that came from the uk government. but there was a problem your officers did not have a plan.
it was rushed or they are to slow. so in come sweta who by the way get paid for consultation. newport were wrong footed and a station was needed. pye corner enters the frame. once there was a station there so it
will do?
times have changed transport integration is the answer.
not what you have do it is a mess?
Mister controller this site will cost to much get out now move to the best site and for god sake listen to the locals. take it back to be investigated.
or your council will lose credibility. act in haste and repent at leisure not in this case.
Need for station i think is justified. But not there British rail looked at the site in the 80s. ebbw vale garden festival they decided it was to problematic. ie congestion to small and to much money to develop site they look at site between cefn wood and chartist way that was the better option. i do feel so for the planning committee they are dummies? that is not a derogatory word on the railway that is a signal of something you cannot see or your vision is being obstructed be someone or something in this case sweta your planning department and money at the meeting it was disclosed that the land at pye corner had been bought. who was consulted. when did that come out for consultation with who money did you buy it welsh government money that came from the uk government. but there was a problem your officers did not have a plan. it was rushed or they are to slow. so in come sweta who by the way get paid for consultation. newport were wrong footed and a station was needed. pye corner enters the frame. once there was a station there so it will do? times have changed transport integration is the answer. not what you have do it is a mess? Mister controller this site will cost to much get out now move to the best site and for god sake listen to the locals. take it back to be investigated. or your council will lose credibility. act in haste and repent at leisure not in this case. coidmellyn
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Sun 16 Feb 14

PMDPMD says...

The trains go past anyway. Why the sudden concern about privacy?
The trains go past anyway. Why the sudden concern about privacy? PMDPMD
  • Score: 1

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