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Off to Barry Island? New traffic measures in place

If you're off to Barry Island in the car this weekend new traffic measures have been put in place to try and ease congestion following the jams over Easter Bank Holiday which saw some people spend hours in their vehicles waiting to get off the Island.

Crowds are expected again this weekend. Credit: PA

Vale of Glamorgan Council says traffic management officers will be out from 2pm to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. A new road layout will be in place at the Ship Hill junction which will give priority to traffic leaving Barry Island and under a trial the existing roundabout will be replaced by a cross roads.

Last weekend one woman reported that she left her car at barry and took the train home as the congestion was so bad.

Credit: Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Council will also be encouraging visitors to use the existing park and ride facility at Barry Docks rail station.

Barry Island is likely to be very busy again this weekend and we would encourage visitors to travel by train and local residents to, whenever possible, walk.

– Miles Punter, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Delays on south Wales trains as vehicle hits bridge

There are delays reported on Arriva Trains between Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street due to road vehicle hitting a bridge.

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Trains are subject to delays of up to 45 minutes and cancellations at short notice. The delays are likely to continue until around 16:00.

Airport passengers down in 2014 but up this spring

The number of passengers using Cardiff Airport has fallen by four percent, according to new figures.

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The amount of people flying through Cardiff fell by 48,000 in 2014 to just over one million.

It comes two years after the airport was bought by the Welsh Government. The airport says the fall in numbers had been caused by airline reorganisations and fleet changes. But it says numbers for March this year are on the up.

The situation at Cardiff Airport is now very different as we progress through 2015. Passenger figures for March 2015 show that passenger numbers are strengthening again – up 6% compared to March 2014, with aircraft load factors performing strongly also up 8% on the same period last year.

– Cardiff Airport


'Abnormal loads' travelling on north Wales roads

North Wales Police are escorting to freight lorries through north Wales on Wednesday. No delays have been reported.

'No buffet' car on new 'Bullet' trains say unions

Thousands of workers at rail company First Great Western are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over jobs and catering services on new trains.

Officials said new Super Express Trains, being introduced from 2017 on the south Wales to London Paddington service would see guards jobs lost and catering services downgraded. Members of the RMT will vote on whether to launch a campaign of action.

The new 'Bullet' trains coming to south Wales on 2017 Credit: ITV News

First Great Western denied the claims and said new jobs would be created.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, said, "RMT has been campaigning for months to fight plans that could lead to the axing of buffet cars, on-board staff and maintenance workers on First Great Western when the new trains arrive.

The RMT says the buffet cars will be replaced by a trolley service-only.

FGW, which runs trains from London Paddington to Wales said in a letter to staff that the new trains would "transform" services.

The new trains are being introduced from 2017 as part of the Government's Intercity Express Programme and will cut journey times to Swansea by 20 minutes.

We are not removing train managers or customer hosts from these trains, and we will be serving hot and cold food and drink on more trains than we do today.

– Ben Rule, First Great Western’s Operations Director
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