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Councillor calls for rail improvements

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3479: Hoping the train will come

3479: Hoping the train will come

A KIDWELLY Town Councillor is calling for changes to be made to provisions at Kidwelly Railway Station.

Councillor Phil Thompson campaigned during his election to try to get improvements to the rail service in Kidwelly. Cllr Thompson told The Herald: “I know that rail transport is not within the direct power of the Town Council, which has recently made representations to the rail operator, so I hope to use my position as a local Councillor coupled with the power of community opinion to try and apply pressure to get the improvements we need. I have therefore, after consultation with the Assembly’s Petitions Committee regarding procedure and admissibility, lodged a petition with the National Assembly’s e-petition service.

“When the signing period has completed, which will now be after the Assembly elections, I have indicated that I would like to hand it in in person to the Committee as this gives both a publicity opportunity and chance to press the case directly.”

Cllr Thompson continued: “I have further indicated that as lead petitioner I am happy to attend any Assembly Committee to give be questioned and give evidence on the issue, (if this is needed I may well be looking for other volunteers to come along too). I also plan to write to the rail operator informing them of the petition hopefully using the pressure generated and will invite them to put forward proposals voluntarily. I would also wish to contact the rail unions to make clear the dispute is not with the rail staff and hopefully get their support.”

Cllr Thompson said that if the petition is ineffective, he is prepared to take direct action to make his point: “If this does not work then I think we should look at a public meeting to discuss other ideas, like for example having an action day or days on which we have a rota to request stop every train.”

The petition makes three chief requests: making Kidwelly a regular timetabled and not a request stop; making the trains wheelchair accessible to and from the platforms; and (3) increasing the frequency of trains stopping at Kidwelly.

The petition claims that Kidwelly’s status as a request stop inconveniences visitors and new residents and points out the anomalous point that the station is both a request stop only and yet is allocated specific times to both stop at and depart from the station. The petition also points out that the platform height on the westbound platform is so low that, even with the train’s ramp system, a wheelchair or other mobility aids can not board or alight trains. It points out that this last point is potentially discriminatory against disabled passengers.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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