WILLIAM GRAHAM AM TO PETITON MINISTER TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY BRIDGE STREET CLOSURE

William Graham (Assembly Member for South Wales East) during Plenary Tuesday 15 march requested a statement on the "disruption within the centre of the city of Newport with the closure of some major transport links, and (1) would there be support for businesses that will be adversely affected; (2) how Network Rail will be adequately supervised to make sure the dates are kept"?

Jane Hutt (Assembly Business Minister) indicated that "the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport will want to reassure the people of Newport in terms of the developments"

William confirms that he will "continue to petition the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport for wider ranging support for those businesses affected".

"I appreciate that this work is vital for the main line electrification programme, however it will have a major impact upon road routes cross the city and businesses within Newport".

 

TRANSCRIPT OF PLENARY 15 MARCH 2015

WILLIAM GRAHAM: Business Minister, may I just say how much I’ve enjoyed our exchanges over the years? I haven’t always had the information, perhaps, that I wanted, but certainly the questions were always answered both with integrity and, if I may say, imagination.

My question today is regarding a written statement, if I may, from the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport regarding the—I think it will be—amazing disruption within the centre of the city of Newport with the closure of some major transport links. Could I ask for that statement, particularly to ask whether there will be any support for businesses that will be adversely affected, and also, bearing in mind the statements that the Minister has given to the Chamber over the last few months, how Network Rail will be adequately supervised to make sure the dates are kept?

 

JANE HUTT: I would also like to pay tribute and give thanks to William Graham for the very gracious way he’s asked me questions and, of course, wish him well in his future endeavours. I know he will continue to be a very active representative, in many ways, in his community. But I would also say that, of course, the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport will want to reassure the people of Newport in terms of the developments, and of course the outcome will be very beneficial for Newport.