“People Power Behind Government U-Turn” – Leanne

 

The Rhondda AM has welcomed news that the Labour Government in Wales is re-considering its plans not to have toilets on new Metro trains.

Leanne Wood has started a campaign and a petition calling for a way to incorporate toilets on the next generation of trains serving the Rhondda.

The Welsh Government has been stung by a backlash over their vision for rail travel on some lines in the South of Wales, with one person describing the plans as “dehumanising.”

Instead of providing toilet facilities, they have asked that people get off the train and use the toilets at station platforms before catching the next service.

During a recent plenary session, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “……the Minister has asked Transport for Wales to continue to see if it is possible to persuade a manufacturer, or to find a manufacturer capable of providing toilet facilities on tram trains in a way that would avoid the difficulties that the Member has identified.”

Ms Wood welcomed the about turn from the Labour Government. She said: “There has been a public outcry about the lack of toilets.

“People with a variety of health conditions have expressed concern and anxiety about the prospect of travelling without access to on-board toilet facilities.

“In their wisdom, the Labour Government conducted the tender process behind closed doors which made sure that the competing proposals for the next rail franchise were not presented to the public – or opposition politicians - until it was a done deal.

“Had the Labour Government been more transparent then a lot of the anger and dismay from people could have been avoided and solutions could have been found earlier if they were open to passenger feedback. 

“I welcome this new found willingness to compromise. I have no doubt that the strong feelings of people in Wales have brought this about. I only hope that this is a genuine offer to find a solution to incorporating toilets on the South Wales Metro.”


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