Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, raised the issue of poor public transport links in Monmouthshire during the Assembly’s Business Statement last week.
Speaking in the Senedd Nick said: “I've received correspondence from constituents about difficulties in commuting from Monmouthshire to Newport and Cardiff—the city region area—and the frequency of those services. I myself drove to the Assembly today. If I hadn't driven, then I could have got the bus and the train here, but I wouldn't have been able to get back after 5 o'clock because there's no linking bus service after 5.30 p.m. from Newport or 5.45 p.m. from Abergavenny to Raglan. Sorry to bore you with my domestic issues, but that's an issue that affects all sorts of people commuting down to Cardiff. I appreciate that the metro is looking at this. Perhaps, as I've raised with the Minister in the past, the possibility of a metro hub at the new convention centre at the Celtic Manor could alleviate that. So, if there have been any discussions in that area, that would be interesting to hear.”
In response to Nick’s concerns relating to public transport in south-east Wales and his interest in a hub at the Celtic Manor at the new convention centre Rebecca Evans AM stated: “I'll ask the Minister for transport to provide you with an update on the latest work regarding the South Wales metro and also thoughts in terms of public transport more widely and more imminently in the area.”