Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on Transport Ministers to engage with local politicians to secure the closure of “one of the most dangerous” level crossings in Wales.
Speaking at Transport Questions, Chris asked Rail Minister, Andrew Jones MP, to work with officials from Labour-led Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Labour Government to deliver the safety upgrade. Local campaigners have been calling for this work to be undertaken for a number of years and Chris has been working closely with Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies, Pencoed Town Council, Bridgend Council and the Welsh Government to finally make it happen.
The Minister refused to be drawn on what action his department would take to get the project off the ground. Instead, he somewhat flippantly said he would ensure “officials are fully engaged on this issue”.
The level crossing is a major cause of traffic congestion in Pencoed and has is considered by Network Rail to be a particularly dangerous, with a number of reported fatalities over the past decade.
Chris’ latest intervention comes after Bridgend Council recently secured funding from the Welsh Government for a scoping study which will enable them to assess the practicalities of delivering the project.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Everyone is working hard to get this much-needed safety improvement delivered. Everyone that is, except for the Department for Transport. We’ve now had Wales Office officials attending our meetings about this matter but still the DfT refuses to engage in a meaningful way.
“I know Chris Grayling has had a lot of bad press recently but here’s my offer to him: let’s work together and make this happen. His department has been starving Wales of rail investment for the past decade and delivering this overdue improvement would be a small step towards starting to rectify his damning record of underinvestment.”