Assembly Members Lee Waters and Jeremy Miles are calling for an ambitious new ‘Metro’ transport network in the Swansea Bay region and have called on the First Minister to launch a detailed study into the potential for the scheme.
The AMs believe that transport in the region needs a radical shakeup that would see an integrated public transport service made up of bus and rail. It would offer sustainable, flexible and affordable transport, connecting the wider Swansea Bay and beyond including Carmarthen and Neath Port Talbot. It would be a major boost to the regional economy.
Jeremy Miles, Assembly Member for Neath, and Lee Waters, Assembly Member for Llanelli, will both bid to raise the proposal in today’s Questions to the First Minister, and will call on the Welsh Government to launch a Government-backed inquiry into its feasibility.
Jeremy Miles commented: “We need a radical plan with the potential to link up communities across the Swansea Bay region. With an integrated bus and rail network, people will have better options to live, commute and enjoy the benefits in such a vibrant, geographically diverse area.
It’s a natural partner to the Swansea Bay city deal – which will see more than £1.3 billion invested in business – and will mean that the jobs created as a result of this investment are open to communities across the region.”
Lee Waters added: “This is an area of Wales that is home to more than 500,000 people but existing public transport is on its knees – the trains can be slow and expensive and bus services are often dismal. We’re left to rely on our cars to get around.
“This plan is ambitious but when you consider we’re prepared to spend £1billion on a 14-mile section of motorway near Newport, it only seems right that we consider how we could support the rest of Wales to be better connected. This is a long-term investment to ensure our communities are not left behind,” the Llanelli AM said.