Welsh Ministers have agreed to commission a feasibility study into creating a Park & Ride scheme and car sharing facility near to the M4 junction at Hendy.

Honouring an election pledge to campaign for a feasibility study Llanelli AM Lee Waters and Gower AM Rebecca Evans have secured a commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, Ken Skates, to include Park & Ride and Park & Share facilities in the Hendy area as one of the options that will be considered to ease pressure on the M4 corridor.

During last year’s Assembly election campaign Lee and Rebecca made a plan to address the growing rush-hour congestion a priority if they were elected. With plans for 750 new homes in Pontarddulais and 91 new homes in Hendy Rebecca Evans said at the time:

“There are already tailbacks as people from Hendy and Pontarddulais queue from one direction, and people from Llanelli queue from the other to get on the M4 in the morning. Plans for new housing cannot be made in isolation – it is essential that the infrastructure and local services are robust enough to support and sustain an increased population. That must include thinking about innovative transport solutions,” said Gower AM Rebecca Evans.

Lee Waters added “Building a new Motorway junction would cost millions and would do nothing to address congestion further down the motorway that would come from the extra traffic generated by all these new houses. We’d like to see a serious effort made to cut traffic by making it easier for people to share cars, or ease their journeys by using park and ride” said Llanelli AM, Lee Waters.

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