Leanne Wood has begun a petition to try and get toilets on the next generation of trains planned for the Treherbert to Cardiff line.
The Rhondda AM has exposed the Labour Government’s decision to install trains on the proposed Metro line that will not have toilet facilities. Instead, the Labour First Minister said they would be upgrading station facilities for passengers to depart services when they need to use the loo after initially telling Ms Wood that Treherbert line trains would have toilets.
Ms Wood said this decision was “ridiculous” and would impact most heavily on disabled people, pregnant women and anyone with a health condition that requires them to visit the toilet frequently.
She said: “The various Labour Governments in Wales have come up with some silly ideas over the years, but failing to put toilets on trains is up there with the worst of them.
“It is ridiculous to expect people to alight from the train to use the toilet and wait for the next service to carry on their journey. Some say a Metro works more like an underground system, but we are not a city and we won’t have that level of frequency for trains.
“When people catch the train for work for example, they need to be able to go straight there. They can’t be messing around getting on and off trains to use the loo.
“I have had a number of people contact me in disbelief and anger that this is actually happening. We were told our train services would improve but people are questioning whether this is really progress.
“I share that disbelief and anger which is why I want as many people as possible to sign this petition so that we can put as much pressure on the Labour Government to change their minds.
“I am already raising this issue frequently in the Senedd – it would be great if it can be backed up with the signatures of the people of the Rhondda.”
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