Member of the Welsh Parliament for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, during last week’s Business Statement in Plenary raised the issue of transport problems for students travelling to Hereford from Abergavenny via train this term.
Nick said: “I've been contacted by a number of constituents who are very concerned about the limited number of train carriages being used to get young people to and from Hereford Sixth Form College from Abergavenny station. Despite each child having paid for their season ticket in advance, I'm told that Transport for Wales have laid on buses that are totally inadequate, with no social distancing in operation whatsoever. I wonder if we could have a statement from the Minister for transport outlining any discussions he might have had with Transport for Wales and an explanation as to why young people do seem to be treated differently from adults in this regard.”
In reply Rebecca Evans MS stated: “I thank Nick Ramsay for raising those issues. I will, if he doesn't mind, invite him to write to the Minister for economy and transport on that issue, which relates to the number of train carriages to carry young people from Abergavenny station. I think that would be the quickest way to progress that particular query.”
Nick has already taken up the matter with Transport for Wales who have advised they are doing what they can to improve the situation for students. A further response is awaited from Welsh Government to a letter sent by Mr Ramsay pressing for students in his constituency whose studies are being disrupted to be treated fairly when trying to access transport which they have paid for in advance.