Let’s get Ebbw valley link back on track

I WELCOME Carl Sargeant AM’s trip on the Rogerstone to Newport bus link, although the cynic in me thinks that the Welsh Assembly is setting out deliberately to prove there isn’t a demand for a train service from Ebbw Vale to Newport.

It would be far better to put on rail taster days using the existing track which is used in extremis, to gauge demand.

The redevelopment of our city over the next five years will supply high-quality shopping for people from all over Gwent and a rail link is part of that upgrade.

It beggars belief that with two Labour AMs, two Labour MPs, a Labour-controlled council and a Labour-led Assembly that this project can’t be brought forward, or is it that now Labour are in control everywhere, they are so busy governing they can’t get round to doing anything?

Cllr David Thomas Williams (Graig Ward)

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2:06pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Owain Vaughan says...

The real problem is that opening up Park Junction to Gaer Junction to regular passenger traffic doesn't benefit Cardiff in any way. That's the real reason that this frighteningly simple thing hasn't happened for a decade.
The real problem is that opening up Park Junction to Gaer Junction to regular passenger traffic doesn't benefit Cardiff in any way. That's the real reason that this frighteningly simple thing hasn't happened for a decade. Owain Vaughan
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10:27am Sat 21 Jul 12

PontyPeter says...

Agreed.
You don't use a bus service to gauge demand for a train service. This is a nasty trick by the Welsh Government to "prove" the demand doesn't exist.
There is only one reason the service was initially routed to Cardiff. It was called "Rhodri Morgan".
The then leader decided this purely on political grounds. There was no insurmountable engineering reason.
Agreed. You don't use a bus service to gauge demand for a train service. This is a nasty trick by the Welsh Government to "prove" the demand doesn't exist. There is only one reason the service was initially routed to Cardiff. It was called "Rhodri Morgan". The then leader decided this purely on political grounds. There was no insurmountable engineering reason. PontyPeter
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