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Mike Hedges asks Welsh Government for a Statement on the Swansea Bay City Region Metro
Speaking after the Senedd Plenary Session local Swansea East MS, Mike Hedges said… We are all committed to achieving Carbon Zero and one of the best ways to do that, as well as improve air quality is to deliver better public transport to encourage people to leave their cars in the garage.
To do this we need to deliver a Metro scheme for the Swansea Bay City Region and quickly! I am pleased that the Welsh Government Minister acknowledge the importance of improved public transport and Metro schemes. I look forward to their early implementation
Mike Hedges MS – I would also like to ask for a Government statement on public transport in the Swansea bay city region. We’ve had recent statements on the north Wales and Cardiff metro, can we have one on the creation of the Swansea bay city region metro? I realise it’s much more complicated, as does the Deputy Presiding Officer, because travel in our area is not linear. There’s quite a lot of Valleys down and from Swansea up into the Valleys communities, and also from Carmarthenshire into Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, and also the other way around. It’s not unidirectional, which is what the Cardiff bay metro is predominantly. It’s multidirectional and that does make it much more complicated, but it doesn’t make it less of a problem for me and my colleagues, such as you, Deputy Presiding Officer, and the Member representing Neath.27
In relation to the Swansea bay city region, or the Swansea bay and west Wales metro, I think, is the correct title, we are in the very early stages of development of the three metro projects—north Wales, south Wales, and the Swansea bay one. It is an important part of achieving our modal-shift targets. If we are going to meet our net-zero targets, it’s very important that we do this, and we are working very closely with Transport for Wales to accelerate it.
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