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Boost for rail commuters.

TRAINS serving commuters in South Wales will have more seats and arrive more frequently as a result of a £30m investment announced yesterday.

The plans to transform commuting in South Wales include:

* Four through platforms at Cardiff’s Queen St Station and a new platform for the Cardiff Bay shuttle service;
* An additional Valleys platform at Cardiff Central;
* New platforms at Caerphilly, Pontypridd and Barry;
* A new west-facing platform at Cardiff Central for increased services on the Maesteg route.

In Newport there will be:
* New terminal buildings and a public footbridge;
* A new taxi area and a 250-space car park.


Ieuan Wyn Jones AM [Plaid Cymru] , Welsh transport minister, said: "It will improve capacity in our capital's major train stations and have benefits for the valleys by increasing the number of seats on trains and improving services.

Details of £52m [all Wales, £30m in South Wales] of improvements have been unveiled for the rail network in south Wales by the assembly government.

Sorry, but this doesn't go anywhere near far enough! What about having extra carriages which can be used specifically for cycle storage? Putting extra trains on and adding more seats does nothing for people like me who have a long walk from my house to the train station, and then when I get to Cardiff a longer walk from the train station (which ever one I choose, it's all about the same)to work! Also, my other half and I travel together in the car, which even with the fuel prices as they are still works out cheaper and much more convenient. If they allowed cycles on trains at peak times, we could cycle to and from train stations. It does need extra rolling stock however for cycle storage! Sorry, but I'm not doubling my journey times to save any environment! Of course there is another alternative....BRING BACK WELL PAID JOBS TO THE VALLEYS SO WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO TRAVEL!!!!

Folding cycles are allowed on peak-hour trains.

Unfortunately I have a mountain bike, not a folding bike. I do not like the folding ones, and wouldn't feel comfortable riding one. I would however use my mountain bike to get to and from the stations if provisions were made on the trains for them.