Our first meeting of the new year saw a good turn-out. Lisa Dymock, who is standing for Elm ward in the forthcoming County Council elections, was welcomed and participated in discussions.
Ted and I reported that we had had an encouraging and productive meeting with Kellie Beirne, deputy chief executive of Monmouthshire County Council. Similarly we confirmed that the meetings with the representives from three companies (Abellio, MTR and Keolis-Amey) bidding for the Wales and Border Franchise (and certain aspects of the METRO project) had also gone well, although we have yet to have a meeting confirmed with Arriva Train Wales, the forth bidder. Whilst legally the companies are not able to offer anything to the MAGOR campaign they all appeared to be very interested in our project and impressed with the progress we have made.
Yesterday, we (and MCC) had our first plan review meeting with Mott MacDonald, who have now commenced work on the GRIP 3 stage of the Magor and Undy Walkway Station planning. Prior to the meeting the meeting, the Welsh Government rail officials who we met in Cardiff in November asked if they could be kept involved with progress and offered assistance. This offer was very welcome and accepted. The next review meeting will take place around the middle of February when we will be given the progress made with the ‘economic appraisal’.
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