Lee Waters, Member of the Senedd for Llanelli, has voiced his support for proposed improvements to train services in the Llanelli constituency.
Plans for a Swansea Bay and West Wales Metro aim to make it easier for people to travel by public transport, bike or on foot.
The scheme hopes to bring together different forms of transport such as bus and rail travel, which can be accessible by walking or cycling.
Options for increased long-distance travel, such as more services from West Wales to Swansea and Carmarthen are also being considered; along with proposals to build new railway stations and improve existing ones.
Studies into this development have taken place over the past two years and, this month, the second stage report was presented to local authorities and other public bodies.
Local MS Lee Waters, who is also Deputy Minister for Climate Change, commented:
“This is an ambitious scheme to connect communities, not only within South West Wales, but within the Llanelli constituency. Llanelli and Burry Port train stations would benefit from improvements, and the number of trains running between Swansea, Llanelli, Burry Port and Carmarthen would improve.”
“These plans outline how the Metro scheme could help to reduce journey times for people, provide a much needed boost to the local economy and make it easier to access job and leisure opportunities.”
“Not only would it reduce travel times, but it would also reduce our carbon footprint by providing a viable public transport alternative to the congested M4/A48 corridor.”
The MS added:
“It is an exciting scheme with the potential to bring huge benefits to this part of Wales.”