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)