First Minister fails to offer his support to reopening St. Clears station – William Powell AM
William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, has expressed his disappointment that the First Minister Carwyn Jones failed to lend his full support this week to the reopening of St. Clears railway station.
William Powell AM, said:
"For many years it has been clear that reopening St. Clears railway station would offer significant benefits both to the town and the wider surrounding area by improving transport links and easing congestion on the A40 to and from Carmarthen at peak times.
"This week, I asked the First Minister in the Senedd to back any positive outcomes which may emerge from a new feasibility study sponsored by Carmarthenshire County Council. I was disappointed by his refusal to give this popular local project the full support of Labour's Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay.
"This is particularly disappointing given the support the St Clears station project has received from the local Labour-led County Council. We need the First Minister to give concrete support to the efforts of the County Council and the local community to restore a train service to the people of St Clears and the surrounding area."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Town Councillor and local campaigner for the re-opening of the Station, Selwyn Runnett, said:
"We have received a lot of support from the local community, from St Clears County CouncillorPhilip Hughes, and from the County Council itself. This is in addition to help and support from the Town Council and rail pressure groups. We are also now in the process of setting up a St Clears Station Action Group.
"I hope that the Welsh Government and the First Minister will get behind our campaign to put right the damage caused to St Clears by the original closure of the station by Lord Beeching."