Saturday, 22nd February, 2014.

Getting Connected

     Looks like there’s going to be a scheme to ease road-traffic round our capital.

A co-ordinated public-transport system is planned, consisting of a network of buses, trains and tramways.   It’ll only cost four billion pounds.   And it may well be built by 2030.

A lot of people travel into Cardiff every day.   Most of them use their own cars.   So the planners are talking about6 “a transport corridor” from the city into Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The plan was discussed by Cardiff Council yesterday, but I’ve not heard the outcome yet.

If this can be done, perhaps the whole of Wales could be linked – as it was until the mid-1960s – by a decent rail-network eventually.

Getting Disconnected

     Meanwhile, up in Y Gogledd (North Wales), traffic is going to be delayed for a while.

A big chunk of the Foryd HarbourBridge which is often said to join Rhyl to the rest of the world (or vice-versa) has corroded.   The concrete reinforcements have been worn away by the sea, too.

So, for three weeks, travellers must find another way to cross the water.   It’s planned to do the work from October onwards so that the holiday-trade won’t be affected.

Knowing my friends up in that part of our land, I’ll bet there’ll be a fair bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention certain rude words which they use in those parts.

And I wonder if the ailing bridge will stand up to all those visitors driving across it, starting in a few weeks time . . .

Shame, Shame!

     Poor old Aberystwyth made front-page headlines, even in the English press, a few weeks ago.   Massive storms attacked the town, causing tremendous damage, especially along the Victorian seafront.

Along the promenade, there’s a big hotel – The Bay – which has been closed for a long time.   A company called Opus North was going to convert the building into a posh sixty-three room hotel.

The developers (oh, how I flinch when I hear that word) have changed their minds for the time being due to that storm damage.   They are “taking stock” of the situation.

A spokesman said:  “We decided to withdraw the planning application for now because we wanted to take stock of the situation and ensure we can reincorporate the design to prevent flooding.”

I’m pretty sure that the burgers of Aber have already made plans to ensure that the town’s seafront has really strong defences against any recurrence of those horrible storms.

Good luck, Aber!

Archie Lowe

(whose PC is playing up this week!)

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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