Some very good news for Merthyr Tydfil and the Valleys. Finance Minister Jane Hutt has confirmed that money is being made available for wide range of improvements to public transport in South Wales (called after a report published in June 2013 South Wales Metro). The improvements are to transform public transport in South Wales and the Valleys.
The plans include improvements to train and bus transport in the region (for example electrifying line from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff, creating connections that would create a circle line connecting Valleys together)
Leader of Merthyr Tydfil council Brendan Toomey said: “The metro link is currently in the concept stage and once fully implemented, will transform connectivity via the rail network across the entire South East Wales region.
“Currently, Valleys rail links are primarily centred around travelling from communities into Cardiff and although the metro system is a long term project and very exciting, it will have many benefits for people using public transport for work across the Valleys, thereby offering much better opportunities for economic development throughout all communities across South East Wales.”
The funding is part of the greater infrastructure spending of £ 600m announced by the Welsh Government claiming to create up to 11,000 jobs.