A few things worthy of mention:
- I reported back to the Group on my attendance at the Welsh Government sponsored Rail User Group Seminar in City Hall Cardiff (11th May). The Transport Minister’s representative, James Price, gave a very encouraging ‘key note address’. He talked about greater control on transport planning (under a Transport for Wales model) and better liaison with DfT for Wales/England services (‘no downgrades’). More Welsh Government control over rolling stock was mentioned and rail infrastructure being ‘broad and better’. He suggested services should be designed on current, future and latent passenger numbers. Of course this is important for Magor and Undy as we believe we have a large number of ‘latent’ passengers, right next to the railway, who would prefer to take the train rather than the car, if only we had our station. It was also encouraging to see that Welsh Government appeared to be very supportive of ‘community led’ service improvements – the Cambrian Line and the Heart of Wales Line were given as such examples.
- We discussed feedback from Monmothshire County Council’s Strategic Transport Group (STG). A major item on the agenda was the potential visit of the Transport Minister to Monmouthshire and which were the best subjects to raise with her. Obviously we are very keen, if she does visit, that she is appraised of the Magor and Undy Walkway campaign, its unique ‘community hub’ approach and its fit with the development of Severn Tunnel Junction. Further discussions with the Chair, Councillor David Dovey and other members of the group are ongoing. As soon as we know more I will update you.
- Finally, the MAGOR group agreed that our attendance at the May Fayre was a great success, with many people showing interest and support. We also agreed that we would run a similar stall at the Frost Fayre.
All for now.