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First Cymru to look at Llanelli improvements

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters has secured a commitment from First Cymru to look at new and improved bus routes for Llanelli.

The AM, who has campaigned for better public transport for the area, has welcomed a commitment from First Cymru and it’s new Chief Executive, Andrew Sherrington, to look at service improvements following feedback from residents.

The Llanelli AM said: “I’ve been impressed with the willingness First Cymru have shown to look at new routes and service improvements, based on what people in Llanelli have been telling me they would like to see from their bus operator.

“First Cymru have agreed to look at extending Sunday services across the area, based on demand, and examine the possibility of extending the X11 service from Swansea later into the evening. The bus company have also agreed to consider the potential of increasing service frequency on some routes, and exploring the possibility of introducing new routes to better serve customers.”

Mr Waters, now the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government, recently met with the bus company to pass on the views of his constituents and was pleased to hear First Cymru’s commitment to service improvements in Llanelli. The AM has campaigned for better public transport across the Llanelli constituency, as well as championing the development of Swansea Bay Metro since he was elected.

He added: “Ultimately the bus companies are private firms and will only run services if they think there’s a commercial case for them. If they don’t think a route can run at a profit they rely on subsidies to keep it going. Many routes have been withdrawn or scaled back as Councils have suffered cutbacks because of the UK Government’s Austerity project.

“The Welsh Labour Government are considering changing the way we regulate the private industry to make sure we get the best value for the £250 million we invest every year. As the Deputy Minister in the Welsh Government, I’m consulting on plans to improve buses across Wales.

“The Chief Executive of First Cymru and I want the same thing – more people using buses instead of cars. But people can only use buses more often if the services are available. I’m pleased that Andrew Sherrington is looking to see what he can do to extend services locally. It’s now really important that we continue to press the case for better services, and that residents continue to keep me and the bus company informed about what they want.”

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme boost for Wales

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THE UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is to be given a boost in Wales thanks to a new partnership between the Welsh and UK Governments. Ministers from both Governments are now urging Welsh businesses and communities to apply for the funding to get gigabit speeds.

The announcement follows an agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments, and reflects the higher costs of deploying fibre infrastructure in Wales, as a result of the country’s topography and the location of premises.

The UK Government’s Gigabit broadband vouchers – worth up to £2500 – are currently available to small businesses and surrounding local communities to contribute to the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

Under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will provide an additional £3,000 for businesses up to a certain size and an additional £300 per residential property. This means that for group* projects in Wales up to £5,500 is available per business, compared with £2,500 elsewhere in the UK. Up to £800 will now be available per residential property in Wales, compared with £500 elsewhere.

Deputy Minister for Economy Lee Waters said: “Although the vast majority of premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, we are working hard on assisting the remaining five per cent that cannot access it and where commercial companies have no plans to reach. There is no one size fits all solution to reach the final premises, and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is an important part of a suite of measures to achieve this.

“This voucher scheme can provide a vital funding source for group connectivity projects, and could be of great benefit to communities currently without access.
I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with the UK Government to provide an enhanced scheme for Wales, taking into account the particular challenges we face here with geography and the location of premises.”

UK Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This exclusive scheme for Welsh businesses and communities is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Working with the Welsh Government, together we can make sure that everyone in Wales has the connectivity they need for the digital age.”

The voucher scheme forms part of a package aimed at improving connectivity in Wales. The Welsh and UK Government funded £200 million Superfast Cymru programme has already taken superfast broadband speeds to more than 733,000 Welsh homes and businesses commercial companies had no plans to cover. The Welsh Government is also investing a further £22.5 million to reach an additional 26,000 premises and the UK Government is introducing a Universal Service Obligation** that will make fast broadband a legal right for every home and business in Wales by 2020.

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Rescuers attend to injured construction workers in New Dock Street

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A MULTI AGENCY rescue operation is underway in Llanelli involving all three emergency services after an incident at a construction site.

Workers have been at the New Dock Street site, working for around three years, The Herald understands.

The Herald has been told that a piece of plant malfunctioned causing the emergency, which happened earlier this evening (Mar 19).

Four fire engines and three ambulances are at the scene, our reporter said.

A specialist line rescue team is involved in the recovery operation.

An eye-witness told the press that three workers have been affected.

The source said: “Concrete had just been mixed and had been poured into a skip which was then lifted using a machine. The concrete was being lowered into the hole, it’s probably about 20ft and then the machine toppled over.”

He added: “Two men climbed out of the hole on their own and as a precaution the third man was told to stay down there. The workers were told to leave the site as a precaution.”

At least one person has been seen being taken away in an ambulance.

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Llanelli: Met Bar incident investigated

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AN INCIDENT which resulted in a 51-year old man having to go hospital is being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The man has been discharged from Glangwili Hospital but police are looking in to how the incident happened and how the man fell down some steps.

The incident happened outside the Met Bar in Llanelli on Saturday night (Mar 16).

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Herald: “At approximately 10.55pm on Saturday March 16, officers responded to reports of an injured man outside The Met Bar, Station Road, Llanelli, after he’d fallen down some steps at the location.

“Ambulance was at scene, and the 51 year old man was conveyed to Glangwili Hospital with what was thought to have been a serious head injury. He was then later discharged from hospital, and the head injury was no longer believed to be serious.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting DPP/3011/16/03/2019/02/C. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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