August 2014

18 August 2014

Fishguard Trains Extended to 2018

Paul is pictured at a railway station.Following months of uncertainty, the Welsh Government has confirmed that the additional rail services between Fishguard and Carmarthen will be extended until the end of the current franchise in 2018. Following a review of the pilot service introduced in 2011, the Transport Minister decided that the increased usage by passengers, and the positive effect that businesses have felt, was a strong case to continue funding the services until the end of the franchise.

Commenting on the announcement, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "This is fantastic news for Fishguard and Pembrokeshire. Doubts over the future of rail services in the area have caused uncertainty for rail passengers and so I'm pleased that the Minister has looked at the issue carefully and made the right decision."

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07 August 2014

Doubts over costly government ‘PR Framework’

Welsh Conservatives have cast doubt over an external Welsh Government PR pot costing the taxpayer well over a million pounds.

The 'Public Relations Services Framework' went out to tender earlier this year and eleven companies have won the right to compete for government contracts in Wales.

In her response to a Welsh Conservative written question, Labour's finance minister calls the framework a cost effective means of procuring additional media support from companies where required.

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04 August 2014

400 jobs saved at Milford Haven refinery

Commenting on news that 400 jobs have been saved at a threatened oil refinery in Milford Haven as the plant has been sold, William Graham AM, Shadow Minister for Business, said:

"I welcome the news that the sale of the Murco oil refinery has been confirmed, safeguarding hundreds of jobs.

"Refining fuels is a highly skilled and specialist industry, with this refinery alone responsible for the output of six billion tonnes of refined substances every year.

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