Monday, 25 April 2016


Time to get SE Wales moving...
In Monmouth constituency and across the south east we need to ensure that our railway stations have more frequent stopping services and have safe, secure and reasonably priced park and ride facilities at Abergavenny, Severn Tunnel and Chepstow. New railway stations at Llanwern, Magor and at Caerleon would do much to cut congestion and boost connectivity within a SE Wales Metro. 

Our bus services should be fully integrated with our rail services and our railway stations should be fully accessible with easy access to services for all passengers. The National Assembly should commit to redevelop and expand our rail services, as has happened in Scotland. Personally I would work for feasibility studies into opening a new station near Little Mill / Penperlleni and into the reopening of the line to Usk and the construction of a new station west of the town. 

Research by the IMF in 2015 calculated that for every £1 spent on infrastructure some £3’s worth of additional economic activity is created. Wales needs investment, job creation and improvements in its infrastructure; such investment could yield real meaningful and lasting benefits for our people and our communities. The more job creation we can stimulate and the better improvements to our infrastructure, then the better the long-term prospects will be for the Welsh economy.

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