"Rail investment welcome, but timescale will concern passengers"

A £100million investment in rail infrastructure on the Valley Lines Network will be “welcome news to passengers” – but the proposed timescale of the work will be a “source of frustration” – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

 

In a written statement – Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates today announced the plans – which will involve a new state of the art depot facility being built in Taffs Well.

 

The facility – which will house and service 36 of the new rolling stock from the South Wales Metro project – was made possible by the Cardiff City Deal.

 

Works will also be undertaken to improve the station at Taffs Well – with construction set to start in 2019 and an estimated completion date of 2022.

 

Welcoming the news – Mr Davies said the announcement would be a “source of relief” to passengers who have put up with overcrowding and delays – but said the four year timescale would be of concern.

 

Mr Davies said, “Problems with punctuality and overcrowding on Valley Lines services has been a source of frustration to passengers for many years – and I welcome the news of this investment.

 

“Whether you’re in Barry, Cardiff, Pontypridd or Penarth – the service has not been good enough – and this £100million depot will be of huge benefit.

 

“The facility has been made possible by the UK Government’s Cardiff City Deal – and is evidence of the investment benefitting the whole region.

 

“But passengers will rightly be concerned about the timescale the Welsh Government have announced – when it is clear action must be taken far sooner.

 

“It’s imperative the Cabinet Secretary takes action in the short term to improve services for commuters across South Wales.”

 

ENDS

 

[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies – on a visit to Canton Depot in Cardiff – has welcomed a £100million investment in a new facility in Taffs Well]