Keep up pres­sure for ex­tra ser­vices

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - Vikki How­ells As­sem­bly Mem­ber for Cynon Val­ley

IT was good news for lo­cal com­muters when Ar­riva Trains Wales pro­vided four ad­di­tional Sun­day train ser­vices be­tween Aber­dare and Cardiff in re­sponse to my cam­paign.

The sup­port from Cynon Val­ley Leader read­ers, and their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion through, for ex­am­ple, com­plet­ing my on­line sur­vey, played a cru­cial role in build­ing the ev­i­dence base to make the case for these ex­tra ser­vices.

Of course, the ser­vices were only ini­tially pro­vided for the first three Sun­days in De­cem­ber – there is now a case to make so that com­muters in the New Year have a wider se­lec­tion of train ser­vices avail­able that meet their needs.

As part of this, I would wel­come any anec­do­tal ev­i­dence from Leader read­ers say­ing how the ex­tra ser­vices have helped them. That could be to make it eas­ier to get to and from work, to meet with fam­ily, or even just to ac­cess the en­hanced leisure op­por­tu­ni­ties the ex­tra ser­vices could have pro­vided.

These ac­counts, of how ex­tra train ser­vices have made a dif­fer­ence, will re­ally help me put the case to Ar­riva bosses. If you have used these ser­vices, if they have helped you out in any way, please write to me at Vikki. Ho wells@ as­sem­bly. wales or 27 High Street, Aber­dare, CF44 7AA with your story so that I can show why they are needed on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

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