Some of those were in the plans that Sewta
developed, like the schemes on the Ebbw Vale line.
There are representatives of major employers like Admiral, universities, councils and unions; Roger Lewis has given interviews and been open about his aims for the board; it has already had more press coverage in the last six months than Sewta
did in the six months before that.
Councillor Phil White, chairman of Sewta
and cabinet member for communities at Bridgend council, said: "This strategy update demonstrates how electrification is strengthening the case for a host of further enhancements to the regional rail network.
And the college recently secured a grant from Sewta
- an alliance of 10 local authorities in South East Wales - which it will invest in building additional secure bike shelters at its new showpiece campus in Nantgarw.
As the Sewta
plan concludes: "several of its recommendations should be packaged to form an M4 corridor corporate strategy to provide realistic alternatives to car use in this congested corridor".
In an interim report to local government minister Carl Sargeant, it suggests the initial phases be taken forward by the Welsh Government, Sewta
- which is made up of the 10 councils in the region - and private sector partners.
Therefore, when we are in extremely tough financial times and when funding is very tight, why are independent consortiums - with, it seems, the support of Sewta
- being allowed to progress this costly and major scheme when the politicians at Cardiff Bay realise full well that the main line from Paddington to the west Wales ferry ports - via the major towns west of Swansea is unfinished work - which it seems is not even at a planning stage.
, covering South East Wales, plans bronze, silver and gold levels, based on quality criteria including the average age of the operator's fleet, the proportion of drivers who have completed disability awareness training, and provision of on-board audio and visual information.
SIR -I was really heartened to read (WM, August 10) of the announcement that transport consortium Sewta
(South-East Wales Transport Alliance), representing south-east local councils, is thinking big and proposing a huge expansion of railway stations and a rolling programme of electrification.
I think that SEWTA
and the Wales Government needs to pull its finger out and help you integrate transport in Wales.
The new strategy - which is open for consultation until September 30 - would see additional rolling stock added to cope with growing demand - with Sewta
warning of "train capacity problems" due to high passenger growth, citing the Valleys lines growing above the UK average at 6% a year, with some lines seeing 80% growth rates.
Coun Cook said the current regional transport body, Sewta
, only had a budget of pounds 9m a year spread across 10 local authorities.