Jo Stevens

A strong voice for Cardiff Central

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This morning in Transport Questions I asked the Secretary of State whether he would commit UK Government funding towards the much-needed redevelopment of Cardiff Central Station.

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The station is getting busier every year, with passenger numbers expected to reach 22 million in the next five years.

Cardiff's Labour Council and the Welsh Labour Government have this week released proposals for the redevelopment, which would include a hub for the South Wales Metro, and announced their funding contributions, along with potential private sector investment. The project cannot go ahead, however, without UK Government funding.

As usual, answers and commitment from the government were not forthcoming. The Secretary of State simply responded by referring to his visit to the Central Square development which is not a development that expands the station's passenger and train capacity. So, still no answer on a funding commitment from the Tory Government for this project, nor any hint that it might even be considered. I will of course continue to press the Tory Transport Secretary and the Secretary of State for Wales on this issue.

Transport Questions - Funding for Cardiff Central Station

This morning in Transport Questions I asked the Secretary of State whether he would commit UK Government funding towards the much-needed redevelopment of Cardiff Central Station. The station is getting... Read more

2017 was a great year for music in Cardiff, with landmark achievements for local acts, and the successful Save Womanby Street campaign that I was proud to support.

The Cardiff Music Awards will celebrate the many aspects of Cardiff's fantastic music scene, and you can nominate in 20 different categories for your favourite artist, venue, promoter and more by clicking here.

The awards will be handed out at the Tramshed on Thursday 29th March 2018, with performances from some talented local acts.

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Cardiff Music Awards

2017 was a great year for music in Cardiff, with landmark achievements for local acts, and the successful Save Womanby Street campaign that I was proud to support. The Cardiff...

Statement: Meeting with the Minister

This week my team, along with Jenny Rathbone AM and other local elected representatives, met with Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, and representatives from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to discuss the Roath Flood Defence Scheme.

The Minister and NRW are aware of the strength of feeling amongst local residents, particularly the removal of trees in Roath Brook Gardens and Roath Mill Gardens, and were happy to answer a number of specific points raised by elected representatives.

Roath Flood Defence Scheme - Meeting with the Minister

Statement: Meeting with the Minister This week my team, along with Jenny Rathbone AM and other local elected representatives, met with Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, and representatives from... Read more

February 2018 represents a major milestone towards the electrification of the railway to Cardiff. Work on Splott Road Bridge enters a critical phase and preparations for the new overhead line equipment continue.

Road closure

As part of the work to reconstruct Splott Road Bridge, a full road closure between 4 February and 27 February will be needed.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access over the bridge will be restricted at the following times:

  • 7am on 12 February - 5pm on 12 February
  • 7am on 13 February - 5pm on 13 February
  • 7am on 14 February - 00.01am on 16 February
  • 11pm on 16 February - 4am on 19 February
  • 10pm on 24 February - 5am on 26 February

Demolition work will take place between 17 February and 19 February.

 

Drop-in events

Following the success of the ‘street surgery’ held on Clifton Street last year, Network Rail will be hosting a similar event on the 17 January, between 3pm and 6pm.

Network Rail are also holding a drop-in event at the Carlisle Bakery on Splott Road, between 3pm and 6pm on 24 January.

 

Piling activity

Network Rail will be utilising full and partial closures of the railway between Cardiff and Newport to deliver a significant amount of piling activity on the railway through Splott and Adamsdown in the coming months.

Network Rail will continue their targeted approach to lineside neighbours, discussed previously, wherever possible, ensuring that local residents have at least two-weeks’ notice of noisy piling activity in the vicinity of their homes.

Experts from the Network Rail piling team will also be on hand at the Splott Road drop-in on the 24th February to answer questions from local residents.

Meanwhile, rail passengers are advised to 'check before you travel' via www.nationalrail.co.uk or 0847 484950 to find out if their journey will be affected.

 

 

Splott Road Bridge Update

February 2018 represents a major milestone towards the electrification of the railway to Cardiff. Work on Splott Road Bridge enters a critical phase and preparations for the new overhead line... Read more

This week my Labour colleague John Spellar MP introduced a bill which would help to protect live music venues in England using the Agent of Change principle, which the Welsh Government has led the way by introducing in Wales.

I was proud to be a sponsor of the bill, which has had cross-party support, and part of a demonstration outside Parliament at which many musicians, unions, and people working in the industry were joined by MPs supporting the change.

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Save our Live Music Venues - the Agent of Change Bill

This week my Labour colleague John Spellar MP introduced a bill which would help to protect live music venues in England using the Agent of Change principle, which the Welsh... Read more

Further to my discussions with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Hannah Blythyn AM, Welsh Government Minister for Environment, regarding the ongoing flood prevention works, NRW have provided me with their ecological surveys for the site which can be downloaded below.

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Roath Flood Defence Scheme - Ecological Assessments

Further to my discussions with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Hannah Blythyn AM, Welsh Government Minister for Environment, regarding the ongoing flood prevention works, NRW have provided me with their... Read more

At this morning's Exiting the EU Questions I had the opportunity to ask the Minister about the effect of leaving the EU on participation rates in the Horizon 2020 research funding programme, and in the Erasmus + programme.

There a three universities in Cardiff Central and I have continually pressed the government on assurances for their futures after Brexit. The UK's universities rely on international, and European, co-operation in order to attract the best minds and continue their world-leading work.

As usual a clear reply from the government was not forthcoming, with the Minister confirming that the UK would remain part of the Horizon 2020 scheme up to its current end point in 2020 but it was not clear that any discussions had taken place about the future of research funding beyond this point. The Minister also declined to make any statement at all on the Erasmus + programme.

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Brexit Questions - Horizon 2020

At this morning's Exiting the EU Questions I had the opportunity to ask the Minister about the effect of leaving the EU on participation rates in the Horizon 2020 research... Read more

As Christmas approaches, I would like to thank you for all your support this year.

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Festive Office Closure

As Christmas approaches, I would like to thank you for all your support this year. Read more

I have this week co-signed a letter with a number of my Parliamentary colleagues, calling on the Government to urgently review the licensing rules for Private Hire vehicles.

Joint Letter on Cross Border Taxi Hiring

I have this week co-signed a letter with a number of my Parliamentary colleagues, calling on the Government to urgently review the licensing rules for Private Hire vehicles. Read more

A number of constituents have contacted me about the Roath Flood Defence Scheme over a period of time and I have worked with them and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to ensure their concerns are heard and addressed wherever this is possible.

More recently, following a meeting with local residents and campaigners against the felling of trees in Roath Brook Gardens and Mill Park, I made representations to NRW and to the Welsh Government Environment Minister. Here is the exchange of correspondence prior to  the Council's Scrutiny Committee meeting on 5th December to which residents and NRW gave evidence.

I am making this correspondence public in order that concerned local residents can see what I have been doing to reflect concerns about the Scheme.

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Roath Flood Defence Scheme

A number of constituents have contacted me about the Roath Flood Defence Scheme over a period of time and I have worked with them and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to... Read more

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