Consultation on South West Wales Metro launched

The rail network in South West Wales.

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on proposed improvements to rail and other transport services in South West Wales.

These include increased frequency of long-distance strategic services, increased local services from West Wales to Carmarthen and Swansea, new stations and improvements to existing stations, and development of a Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro network.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport, Welsh Government.

There are also proposals to improve line speeds, and so reduce journey times, and to build a new station at St Clears, between Carmarthen and Whitland.

Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales in the Welsh Government, said: “These proposals look to the future, our recovery from Covid and the development of a high-quality, integrated transport system fit for purpose.

“They are all about making it easier to travel, whether by train, bus, bike or on foot. It’s about making it easier to get to work or school, to your hospital appointment or to get out and about in the evenings and weekends using public transport.”

James Price, Transport for Wales.

Transport for Wales chief executive James Price added: “Our aim is to deliver a transport network the people of Wales are proud of and, to help us achieve this, it’s vital we hear from as many people as possible.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to help shape transport plans in South West Wales and we would encourage everyone to engage with the consultation.”

The consultation runs from 16 March 2021 for 12 weeks.

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