Coun­cil­lor raises is­sues about rail­way ser­vices

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

A LLANELLI town coun­cil­lor has met with Trans­port For Wales to raise res­i­dents con­cerns and call for im­prove­ments to sta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and to ser­vices on the rail net­work.

Sean Rees, who rep­re­sents the Glany­mor ward said: “I would like to thank Trans­port for Wales for the op­por­tu­nity to have a pro­duc­tive meet­ing which lasted for over two hours.

“At the heart of the dis­cus­sions was the on­go­ing dis­rup­tion as it is clearly not ac­cept­able for rail fares to con­tinue to in­crease while we are of­ten hav­ing to cope with de­lays, over­crowded car­riages and un­ac­cept­able con­di­tions at our sta­tions.

“I was very pleased, how­ever, to hear that over £194 mil­lion is now planned for sta­tion im­prove­ments across Wales and that Llanelli has been clas­si­fied as a ‘Flag­ship Sta­tion’ for part of this in­vest­ment. The new fran­chise will now need to work hard to re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to pro­vide the re­li­able and im­proved ser­vices as out­lined in their fran­chise bid. At the heart of that must be am­bi­tion, vi­sion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.”

Hugh Evans, stake­holder li­ai­son man­ager for Trans­port For Wales added: “This was a re­ally pos­i­tive meet­ing with Mr Rees and we look for­ward to work­ing with all stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers in and around Llanelli to de­liver a rail ser­vice that the pub­lic will be proud of. We have a strong com­mu­nity rail el­e­ment in our so­lu­tion and this will be crit­i­cal in help­ing us de­liver our am­bi­tious plans for now and the fu­ture.”

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Coun­cil­lor Sean Rees.

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