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Aberavon’s AM to engage in further discussions on the Blaengwynfi – Blaencwm Tunnel

David Rees AM has welcomed news that further discussions will take place on reopening the abandoned railway tunnel between Blaengwynfi in the Afan Valley and Blaencwm in the Rhondda, for the use of cyclist and walkers.

During a debate at the Senedd in February 2015, Welsh Government Transport Minister Edwina Hart described the ambitious plan as ‘an exciting opportunity ‘ which she would offer further consideration to.

Since the initial discussion, The Minister has indicated that she will soon meet with local Assembly Members and key society members to consider how proposals can be taken forward.

 David Rees AM for Aberavon commented:

“I welcome the decision taken by the Minister to look into the opening of the tunnel and congratulate the Rhondda Tunnel Society and the local community on both sides of the tunnel for their hard work on this campaign. This will build upon the work of my predecessor, Dr Brian Gibbons, whose vision of opening 4 disused railway tunnels in the Afan Valley has led the way to the current campaign which is now being pursued in more detail by the Minister. I very much look forward to being involved in discussing the opportunities this project would bring for regeneration and tourism in the Afan Valley.”

Leighton Andrews AM for the Rhondda commented:

 ”I would like to congratulate the Rhondda Tunnel Society on all their hard work and on an impressive campaign. The proposals have certainly captured the imagination of the people of the Rhondda and Afan valley communities and offer great potential for tourism and generation opportunities. I am excited to see how the project develops.”

 For more information on the project, please visit



Information for Bryn Residents

My Office has been contacted by Wales & West Utilities to advise us of a problem with the Gas Supply to the homes & businesses in Bryn.

“Interruption to gas supplies – 23rd February 2015 – 12.00 update

The gas supply has been interrupted to approximately 400 properties in the Bryn area of Neath Port Talbot, due to water getting into our gas network.

We are investigating how the water has got into our network, and our engineers are currently working to remove it – which is a complex task. We are as yet unable to let people know how long this work will take, but we will keep the community updated throughout the day.

We have engineers going door to door to make sure that gas supplies to properties affected are turned off. When this is complete, and the water has been removed, we will be able to start work on restoring supplies to the affected properties. Our engineers will then visit each property to safely turn their gas supplies back on.

The affected postcodes are:





2RF 2RN 2RS 2RY 2SE  
2RG 2RP 2RU 2SA 2SF  
2RJ 2RQ 2RU 2SB 2SL  


We are working as quickly and as safely as we can and will be monitoring the situation throughout the day.  We will be offering vulnerable customers alternative cooking and heating facilities.

If people need to contact Wales & West Utilities, our customer services line is 0800 91229 99, and we will post regular updates on this page, on Twitter at @wwutilities and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wwutilities.”

I sympathise with the community of Bryn and hope that the issues are dealt with swiftly.


AM visits constituency centre caring for the terminally ill

Staff from Marie Curie Cancer Care and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board have introduced David Rees AM to the team dedicated to the care of people living with a terminal illness in the Neath Port Talbot area.

The Friday 23rd January visit provided the opportunity for Mr Rees to learn more about the patient focussed care being carried out at the NHS Resource Centre in Port Talbot.

The centre is home to an innovative scheme managed through a partnership between Marie Curie and Abertawe Bro Mogannwg University Health Board (ABMUHB), which sees the charity’s nursing service working alongside the health board’s community team. The co-located nature of these services means that Marie Curie’s nursing staff have direct access to a variety of health professionals at the centre, meaning they can quickly provide tailored-care to meet the changing needs of individual patients.

During the visit, Mr Rees met Marie Curie’s Clinical Nurse Manager for South East Wales, Rhian Evans and Leslie Sarginson, Marie Curie Senior Nurse Co-ordinator, who explained how the managed care service hosted at the centre cares for people who are terminally ill right across Neath and Port Talbot county borough, day and night.

 Mr Rees also spoke with Shan Tanner, ABMUHB District Nurse Manager and Clare Shill, NHS Wales Continuing Healthcare Nurse, who provided details on how different organisations in the NHS Resource Centre work together to ensure the best possible care for those who need it.

 Following his visit, David Rees AM said: “I very much welcome these initiatives within Port Talbot and the partnership that exists between Marie Curie and the ABMU Health Board. These will benefit patients and their families within the area and ensure appropriate care and support is provided.”

Rhian Evans, Clinical Nurse Manager for Marie Curie, added: “We were delighted to welcome local Assembly Member David Rees to the Resource Centre to give him an insight into the work we carry out to care for and support people in his constituency living with terminal illnesses. It is encouraging to see our local representative showing such a keen interest in our services and taking the opportunity to learn about the challenges we face in administering these important services.”

Last year in Wales, the charity, which employs 420 people in Wales, including 160 nurses and health care assistants, provided care to more than 3,000 terminally ill patients and their families at home or in the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale.

Wales is also home to the charity’s National Support Centre in Pontypool. The centre is the charity’s UK hub for fundraising, volunteering and referral centre. Marie Curie Nurse referrals from across the UK are co-ordinated here.

The charity also funds the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff, which conducts high quality research in a number of areas including patient experience, rehabilitation, thrombosis and end of life methodologies.

For more information about Marie Curie’s services please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.