Local AM Questions Minister on Benefits of Metro for his Monmouth Constituents

Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, questioned the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister, Ken Skates AM, in the Assembly Chamber yesterday on the South East Wales metro plans and speeding up connectivity between more rural areas and our towns and cities.

During the exchange Nick said: You can't wave a magic wand and make all these happen tomorrow, but, in terms of getting the more disparate, the rural, parts of the metro network going, such as Monmouth, which I've mentioned to you before, what can you do to make sure that those parts of the metro jigsaw are joined up as quickly as possible? I appreciate it can't be tomorrow, but people in my area are thinking that the metro's a great idea in practice, but when is it actually going to extend to a point where it's going to help them in their lives?”

In reply, Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport stated: Well, we've asked—. As I said in yesterday's debate, we've asked Transport for Wales—we've remitted them in the next financial year—to look at each of the metro projects, including extendibility. That work is extensive, of course, but it is necessary for individuals in the more distant areas of each of the metro areas to appreciate that, in the future, investment will come their way and they will be better connected.”