Ever since the Welsh Government re-opened the Vale of Glamorgan rail line, and funded new stations at Rhoose and Llantwit Major in 2005, I have been calling for a half hourly service between Barry and Bridgend. I was very pleased therefore by the recent announcement from Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates of the new rail franchise and South Wales Metro, which includes the promise of a half hourly service from Barry to Bridgend from 2023.
The move to a half hourly service will be welcomed across the Vale, and is good news for commuters, students and visitors. It will also improve access to Cardiff Airport. I also welcome the commitment to replacing the rolling stock, and passenger improvements like smart ticketing, cycle lockers and wi-fi at stations and on trains. And on the South Wales metro, 100% electric traction on all trains operating on valleys line services through Cardiff Queen Street and 45% more seats into Cardiff in the morning peak.