Leanne Scrutinises Labour Government Over Poor Rail Performance

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Leanne Wood has asked for the Labour Government in Wales to apologise to commuters for the poor performance of the new rail franchise.

The Rhondda AM took the Labour Leader of the House to task during a fiery plenary session this week. Ms Wood, who uses the Valleys Lines to commute between her home in Penygraig and Cardiff Bay, has herself been caught up in some of the many delays and cancellations that have plagued the first month of operation for Transport for Wales.

During her question, Leanne also accused the Labour First Minister of being in denial about the extent of the problem people in Wales are facing when travelling by train.

She said:  “I'd like to see in Government time an apology. We've already heard this afternoon that rail services since this new franchise have got worse, and the company issued a full apology to its customers today.

“While your Government has responsibility for this, we had no such apology from the First Minister today. He still seems to be in denial.

“The most concerning line in the company's apology was in relation to extra buses that they are putting on, saying, 'This will continue for as long as is needed.' There are real health and safety issues now, and this simply cannot carry on.

“So, we need a statement from the Cabinet Secretary as a matter of urgency to say what extra action he can take to alleviate these problems. Customers are not prepared to take any more.” 

In reply, Leader of the House Julie James AM said: “In terms of rail services, the First Minister, in answer to Darren Millar, gave quite a good run-through of where we are on rail services, Llywydd, and I don't think it requires any more addition from me.”

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