A CAMPAIGN for a new train station in Magor has been discussed in Parliament.

In 2016 Monmouthshire County Council was handed £110,000 towards the development of a project with the Magor Action Group on Rail (MAGOR) community group to develop plans for a new train station in the village.

And Newport East MP Jessica Morden led a debate on the scheme in Parliament earlier this week.

She said: "I am mindful that the Department for Transport will start considering bids for the next new stations fund in the near future, and this is a shameless pitch to promote a unique bid.

"It is unique in that the community will be encouraged to walk and cycle to use the station, rather than driving to it, and it is important because the station would be located in a community in Wales with a fast-growing population."

The Labour AM also paid tribute to MAGOR, saying it had "worked tirelessly and professionally".

She added: "The railway network in this part of south east Wales had been plagued by chronic overcrowding and unreliable services, which is one of the many reasons why we need investment in our rail infrastructure, including new stations like Magor, to adapt to modern demands."

Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds backed the plan, saying: "A station there would help to manage overcrowding, because people from Magor would not have to drive to Newport to join their trains there."

Responding, Department for Transport minister Joseph Johnson said the original plan submitted in 2016, which would have seen the station served by three trains every two hours in both directions, needed further work before it could be approved.

"We understand how important stations are to passengers," he said. "But, as well as providing access points to the network, they are often important to the wider community, especially in rural areas.

"We are therefore committed to providing funding to improve stations and provide new ones."

Magor has not had a railway station since 1964.