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UK NewsSouth West Wales Metro could become '12th project' in Swansea Bay City Deal

19:00  12 september  2019
19:00  12 september  2019 Source:

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South West Wales Metro could become '12th project' in Swansea Bay City Deal © Adrian White Swansea Train Station.

A South West Wales Metro could become the 12th project in Swansea Bay’s City Deal, it has been revealed.

The metro project which would involve additional rail services, new rail stations and the creation of a comprehensive bus network is in the early planning stages.

At a recent City Deal joint scrutiny committee transport planners urged regional partners to submit “shopping lists” for what they would like to see.

City Deal joint committee chairman Rob Stewart who is also the leader of Swansea City Council said: “We have now got an offer of £20m from the Secretary of State for Wales for a station at Velindre which would shorten journey times to the west.

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The Swansea Bay City Deal is an unprecedented programme of investment in the Swansea Bay City Region, which is made up of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Pembrokeshire. The City Deal will improve people’s lives in all parts of South West Wales – both urban and rural

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“£20m is something we can start with but we need much bigger offers to help create a network for all of the region, not just for bits of it.

“With the £33bn Crossrail scheme and the £55bn plus for the HS2 project, I don’t think £1bn or £2bn is unreasonable, to have a share of the pie.

“This is not a City Deal project but I would certainly welcome it becoming one at the appropriate time.

“It would have to come with additional funding from the Welsh Government and UK Government.”

Cllr Stewart said at the time the City Deal was signed, the region had been promised electrification of the line from Cardiff to Swansea and as a result a transport project was not included in the deal – however the electrification plans were later scrapped.

He told councillors in a meeting on Monday, September 2 the region had a good headstart in re-establishing a joint transport authority as all the structures from the  South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium (SWWITCH) still existed in shadow form.

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However officers told councillors at the meeting that regional transport planning officers, directors and cabinet members still regularly met up, saying the forum was “there and ready to be used”.

Projects being considered within the metro scheme include the use of the Swansea  District Line for metro services, additional services to Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock, a new station at St Clears and the use of Neath Valley line for passenger services.

There is also work being undertaken on increasing bus services with feasibility studies including one in Pembrokeshire using dial-a-ride technology, a demand-led response for rural areas.

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The South Wales Metro (Welsh: Metro De Cymru ) is a proposed integration of heavy rail and development of light rail and bus-based public transport services and systems in South East Wales

Officers said in Swansea, First Cymru has recently moved buses onto a new online system where their location could be monitored at 20 second frequencies enabling traffic signals to be changed to speed buses through if they were behind schedule.

Joint scrutiny committee chairman Rob James said austerity had led to cuts in local bus services because councils had to find cuts somewhere and transport was not a statutory function.

He said: “I think it’s time local authorities took more of a role in transportation and particularly bus services.

“There’s plenty of cases where we have struggled with private providers to get value for money.”

Cllr Stewart said councils could end up running bus services provided Welsh Government gives them the powers to do so.

It is part of a major-shake up of the Welsh bus industry being planned by Welsh Government which would allow councils to dictate what bus services are provided.

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