A Swansea Bay Metro …..and Neath

There has been a lot of debate and comment, especially over the last few days, in respect of my ideas for Swansea Bay and rail connectivity as presented here   Firstly and to scotch any rumours, no one is proposing that Neath station should be closed; far from it. I want to see more services … Continue reading A Swansea Bay Metro …..and Neath

Economic Impacts of The South Wales Metro?

These are the "rough notes"  (so apologies for grammar, etc) I used for my speech at the Wales in London event held at The Shard on 14th March 2018     Mark Barry, Professor of Practice in Connectivity, Cardiff University; Founder, M&G Barry Consulting and Author, "A Metro for Wales’ Capital City Region - Connecting … Continue reading Economic Impacts of The South Wales Metro?

A Swansea Bay Metro…

I have published a more detailed article ....see Swansea to Cardiff in 30 mins (published 15th Sep 2017)   Since the UK Government's decision in July 2017 to cancel the electrification of the GWML between Swansea and Cardiff, I have been giving some more thought as to what we might do instead.  Just calling for … Continue reading A Swansea Bay Metro…

Wider Impacts of South Wales Metro (article for Bevan Foundation July 2016)

Full text of my article for The Bevan Foundation July 4 2016 http://www.bevanfoundation.org     I have spent much of the last six years involved in some way in what has become known as the South Wales (or Cardiff Capital Region) Metro; initially as an advocate from the business community who galvanised and led support around … Continue reading Wider Impacts of South Wales Metro (article for Bevan Foundation July 2016)

Electrification to Swansea….or not?

On March 1st, 2011, I was interviewed live on BBC Wales Evening news from Swansea; the then Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan, was also interviewed. The UK Government had just confirmed GWML electrification from Paddington to Cardiff[i]. Having been part of the campaign, I was asked my view on whether the electrification should or would … Continue reading Electrification to Swansea….or not?

A road to Cardiff Airport….or regeneration in Pontypridd?

  Its back again…talk of a £100M link road from J34 of the M4 south through the Vale of Glamorgan to Cardiff Airport has resurfaced (they’ll be choking on their ginger beers in Pendoylan). Sounds familiar? Well it is. Welsh Government tested and consulted on this option (and others) in a process in 2007/8 as … Continue reading A road to Cardiff Airport….or regeneration in Pontypridd?