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£75k grant to bring UK first velorail to Carmarthenshire

A UK first Velorail (cycle-rail) project will be coming to Carmarthenshire thanks to a £75,000 grant.

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The award, won by Rheilffordd Cwm Gwendraeth Valley Railway will allow a heritage and community line to be developed on a disused rail corridor starting in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.

The Velorail project -which is already a popular activity in France- uses 'carriages' propelled by two 'cycles', with seating for another two-three people.

The award is part of a Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition, designed to create new opportunities for UK and overseas tourists to enjoy the hidden gems of the country's heritage and community railways.

This is great news for Kidwelly, the Gwendraeth Valley and the entire area including Llanelli, establishing a project that will bring tourists, jobs and increasing prosperity.

I am particularly pleased that this will be a UK first, not only establishing a unique heritage railway on a unique rail corridor but including a huge element of health and activity with the Velorail operation.

– Nia Griffiths, MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Clean-up continues after flash flooding hits parts of Swansea

A clean-up operation is continuing in Swansea after flash flooding hit the area late on Saturday night.

A yellow 'be aware' alert for rain had been issued by the Met Office for the area, warning of storms which could produce 20-30mm of rain within an hour.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service says crews were in attendance pumping water and clearing roads.

Residents of Brynmill have expressed their shock at seeing the water lapping at their doorsteps.

I had a massive fright last night, the water was one inch away from flooding our family home. I called 999 and saved at least 10 other houses.

– Tony Ruggiero, Brynmill resident

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10-year-old child hurt after being hit by car

A 10-year-old child is being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a car in Barry.

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Police say the incident happened at around 5.50pm on Friday near to Court Newton, Court Road.

A black Renault Clio was involved in the collision, and police are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact 101.

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