Build a Parc Trostre Railway Station
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CONSIDER A PARC TROSTRE RAILWAY STATION
There are over 220 rail stations in Wales, handling over forty million journeys per year. The Busiest Station - Cardiff Central has over 34,000 passengers pass through per day! The quietest station being The Sugar Loaf in Powys, with only 100 passengers per year!
Wales has a truly enormous transport network that's not moved with the times, and hasn't changed to suit the rapid demand and increased population growth. We feel there should be changes made not only to the rail network, but to the bus, and road systems to ease congestion and enable safer, simpler commutes for passengers.
We propose to come up with different ways and suggestions to change the transport network in Carmarthenshire - be it the bus, road or rail network. We the people use the network, so we the people should have our say. The lack of busses and trains often leaves communities isolated and closed off for those who don't drive.
This petition aims to look at creating a Parc Trostre Railway Station, which would assist in solving the already apparent problem with parking and congestion, enabling staff and employees to commute easier and from further afield and encourage growth and stability to a massively popular retail park. Rugby and sport fans can also make use of the railway station, by travelling in from afar for games and matches at the iconic Parc y Scarlets Stadium.
Llanelli is Carmarthenshire's Largest town with a rapidly growing population of over 49,000 people! Parc Trostre Retail park is a bustling modern retail park with an already apparent parking and congestion problem. The bus network to the park is poor, and really only serves Llanelli and Swansea directions.
We feel, a railway station at track level underneath the Piano Bridge on Lower Trostre Road would be a real tangible suggestion to serve the retail park and Morfa areas of Llanelli. It's a 30 minute walk from Llanelli Train Station to Trostre. Imagine that for employees, walking in the dark, in the winter to catch a train to Kidwelly, Burry Port, Carmarthen etc (busses after about 18:30 are non existent in that direction)... The current rail station does NOT cater for the out of town shopping areas and sports stadium.
Our Rail timetable is already relatively good, with some of the earliest of trains starting at 04:55 (Carmarthen to Llanelli) and the latest of trains at around 23:35 (Llanelli to Carmarthen) The busses just don't do this - and don't operate at these times! This makes employees who don't drive in Trostre's life's impossible - unless there willing to brave the walk from the existing train station to Trostre, or finish around the time of a bus!
This would be a safer, simpler way of travel for employees, punters and sports fans, who could walk over to piano bridge, down steps, and onto the platform. It doesn't need to be anything special - just a concrete platform, some shelters and some lights! The line already runs past Trostre, so why not make the most of it!
We are confident this would somewhat aid congestion on the Sandy Road, as commuters could be encouraged to catch the train too.
We call on isolated employees, frustrated drivers, sports fans and anyone interested in the economic growth of Llanelli to sign this petition. We are confident this would be a relatively low investment for the rail operating companies with a high return on passenger journeys. I know for one, I would use this service!
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