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New railway station proposed

WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has said how a new £20m railway station north of Swansea could boost business in the area and cut journey times.

Mr Cairns is visiting Swansea to promote the idea of a West Wales Parkway station at Felindre, which would be built on line that is mostly used by freight trains.

A report has said how the station could cut down congestion on the M4, and Mr Cairns stressed that the Welsh Government and Swansea Council need to engage with the issue.

Council leader Rob Stewart has voiced worries that the project could result in fewer trains going to the current Swansea and Neath train stations.

The report, by Professor Stuart Cole, insisted that by bypassing Swansea city centre, journeys between Cardiff and west Wales could see their times cut by up to a quarter of an hour.

The station would require a car park, and both the Welsh Government and Swansea Council own land adjoining the proposed site.

Morriston Hospital and the DVLA could be amongst the major employers to be served by the station, as well as nearby Parc Felindre, which currently has signed just one tenant.

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