I am a massive supporter of local transport services, and I understand how vital they are to people across the Vale. New routes, more reliable services, cheaper fares, and a range in available transport methods are all vital. Bringing Vale residents closer together and encourage more people to use local transport.
New Train Station for St Athan
- I am progressing plans for the new St Athan railway station. Two years on from the packed public meeting I hosted on the matter, the local support has been overwhelming. I am determined to deliver it.
- I have raised the issue of a new station in Parliament, as well as in meetings with the Secretary of State for Transport, the Secretary of State for Wales, and departmental ministers.
- Following my advocacy of the village's suitability for a new railway station, the first feasibility study has been commissioned highlighting and reinforcing this. I am now pushing for a wider feasibility study which would surely prove the need for the station locally.
Better Bus Services
- I have met with bus operators, such as the Adventure Travel Bus Chief Executive, and encouraged them to improve links across the Vale of Glamorgan, ensuring greater flexibility, frequency, and reliability of services.
- Cardiff Bus, Adventure Travel, and First Cymru need to continue to support important routes for local residents. I joined local residents in their campaigns for better NAT services and to 'Save the 98 Bus', fighting a five-year-long campaign to improve the frequency of services.
- I launched a bus survey, asking residents' views on how local services can improve and how I can help.
Improving Local Stations
- Accessibility of local transport services must improve to bring better connectivity for more people.
- £3.5million upgrades to Barry Station, provided by the Department for Transport and Welsh Government through the 'Access for All' scheme. Improving accessibility, by upgrading the bridge and installing lifts and ramps. After 18 months of construction, with the opening of a new Barry Station footbridge, the upgrades have now been completed.
- Million-pound upgrades to Llantwit Major Station, provided by Department for Transport funding from their £20m Mid-Tier 'Access for All' scheme. Installing a new lift, making the station accessible for people with disabilities and mobility issues.
- £3 million upgrades to Cadoxton Station, provided by the Department for Transport and Welsh Government through the 'Access for All' scheme.