AMs back ‘long overdue’ Ebbw Vale rail link

AMs have backed Newport council's fact-finding mission as the authority tries to build a new case for an Ebbw Valley rail link to the city.

The council asked Capita Symonds to draw up a case for the provision of a passenger link between Newport and Ebbw Vale, following concerns that a 2011 case by Arup for the Welsh Government was flawed.

The Capita Symonds draft, which argues the service would support economic growth by boosting access to job opportunities, will go to the council’s street scene, regeneration and safety scrutiny committee on Friday.

William Graham, Conservative AM for the South Wales East region, said the council is right to pursue an issue that should have been settled years ago.

“I very much support the council’s actions,” he said.

“Money (for a Newport-Ebbw Valley rail link) was promised to Newport when the manufacturing side of Llanwern steelworks closed, but we have had excuse after excuse for it not going ahead.

“It’s a disgrace this link hasn’t been opened.”

Mr Graham said proposals for a Metro system of rail and bus links as part of the development of a city region in South Wales with Cardiff at its centre, is a major project, and a rail link is vital to Newport in that context.

“It is very important that a city region should not focus only on Cardiff, but on areas like Newport too,” he said.

Plaid Cymru’s South Wales East regional AM Lindsay Whittle said the inclusion of Newport on the Ebbw Valley line is “long overdue”.

“I was the [Caerphilly] council leader at the time when we took the inaugural train journey to Ebbw Vale,” he said, adding many people from the county borough “naturally” go to Newport to do their shopping, rather than Cardiff.

“This, if it comes through, is long overdue and very welcome.”

The Arup study said there was a poor financial and economic case for a link after a positive outlook by Halcrow, in 2009.

The most recent report takes a more middling approach.

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2:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Bobevans says...

AS an aside Stagecoach have no formally given notice that they are discontinuing a significant number of routes from the 21st July. I have no information at present as to whether other operators will take on any of these routes


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Pontypool and Pontypool given service number 018 effective from 21-Jul-2014.


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Chepstow given service number 74 effective from 21-Jul-2014.


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Brynmawr and Cwmbran given service number 30 effective from 21-Jul-2014.


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Newport given service number 064/64 effective from 21-Jul-2014.

Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Usk College given service number 60 effective from 21-Jul-2014.

Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Blackwood and Pontypridd given service number 7 effective from 21-Jul-2014.

Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Caerphilly and Bargoed given service number C17 effective from 21-Jul-2014.


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Porth and Porth given service number 135 effective from 21-Jul-2014.

Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Pontypridd and Bridgend given service number 244 effective from 21-Jul-2014.

Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Maerdy and Cardiff given service number X32 effective from 21-Jul-2014.


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil given service number X78 effective from 21-Jul-2014.


Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Chepstow given service number X74 effective from 21-Jul-2014.
AS an aside Stagecoach have no formally given notice that they are discontinuing a significant number of routes from the 21st July. I have no information at present as to whether other operators will take on any of these routes Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Pontypool and Pontypool given service number 018 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Chepstow given service number 74 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Brynmawr and Cwmbran given service number 30 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Newport given service number 064/64 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Usk College given service number 60 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Blackwood and Pontypridd given service number 7 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Caerphilly and Bargoed given service number C17 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Porth and Porth given service number 135 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Pontypridd and Bridgend given service number 244 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Maerdy and Cardiff given service number X32 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil given service number X78 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Newport and Chepstow given service number X74 effective from 21-Jul-2014. Bobevans
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3:37pm Tue 3 Jun 14

paddyparry says...

Nothing from the Labour AM's then? Of course, they can't say anything or Uncle Carwyn won't give them a good job at the WAG. Only yesteday he was saying he welcomed criticism from within Wales - he doesn't listen though.
Nothing from the Labour AM's then? Of course, they can't say anything or Uncle Carwyn won't give them a good job at the WAG. Only yesteday he was saying he welcomed criticism from within Wales - he doesn't listen though. paddyparry
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10:23pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk says...

We are glad to see that willam graham has now woken up to fact that the region needs all to work together now, lindsey whittle has been trying to get the region. Of south east wales to preach from the same page to consolidate.
For all transport needs, Rail, Bus, walking and cycling and of course cars,
But it needs planning and the will of all and consultation with local authorities and community's. In one word integrate?
We are glad to see that willam graham has now woken up to fact that the region needs all to work together now, lindsey whittle has been trying to get the region. Of south east wales to preach from the same page to consolidate. For all transport needs, Rail, Bus, walking and cycling and of course cars, But it needs planning and the will of all and consultation with local authorities and community's. In one word integrate? Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk
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