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Christmas boost for Cynon Valley as Arriva Trains Wales confirms extra service

Team of fundraisers from Cardiff host Big Tea Party in Starbucks

New Arriva Trains Wales Managing Director Tom Joyner. The additional

Following calls from residents of the Cynon Valley, Arriva Trains Wales is introducing extra Sunday trains


December. The

four additional

services will include an 08:54 from Aberdare, meaning customers


travel by train into Cardiff before 10am for the first time.

It is hoped that demand will prove sufficient to keep the

extra services

on a permanent basis. Arriva Trains Wales have been working with local AM Vikki Howells, who conducted a survey showing 95 per cent of people in the area said they would like a more regular Sunday service. They will be in place for the 3rd, 10th and 17th of December initially to assess the demand for them. “We’ve listened to what our customers


mean there will be hourly services to Cardiff until 12:53 every Sunday and hourly services back from 15:41 to 19:41. Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells said: “Many constituents touch to

got in tell me about

the difficulties they faced in getting to and from Cardiff by rail on Sundays.

“I surveyed Cynon Valley residents

on whether

they wanted extra Sunday services – an overwhelming number of respondents said they did. The current Wales and Borders Rail Franchise drew up specific requirements for the frequency

of trains on

each line for any given day. Arriva Trains Wales had already exceeded the requirement, however is continally

reviewing its

timetable to best meet the needs of our customers.

On Wednesday 8th November a team from Cardiff played host to a tea-rrific tea party. Money raised at the tea party will go towards learning disability charity Mencap, with all the money raised supporting people with a learning disability and their families and carers. The Big Tea Party on Wednesday at Starbucks in Cardiff Bay was organised by a group of staff from Mencap’s team and was open to anyone who loves a slice of cake and a good cuppa. The team put on a huge spread of all things sweet and Starbucks kindly donated some merchandise in order to raise some extra money! There were some fantastic cakes, flapjacks and

brownies on offer. The tea party was a great success and was well supported by the people we support and staff from Mencap.

Laura Bruce, Area Fundraising Manager for Mencap attended the Big Tea Party and said ‘It was great that Starbucks hosted a Big Tea Party for us. It is so important to raise awareness of learning disability and raise some extra pennies to be able to support more and more people is brilliant’. Every penny donated at the Big Tea Party will help Mencap make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability across the country and ensure they have the support to live their lives in the way they choose.


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and are delighted to be able to run these extra services in the build up to Christmas,” said Arriva Trains Wales Managing Director Tom Joyner. “We’re really grateful to Vikki Howells AM for her work on this survey for her community. “It will give more options for those travelling into Cardiff for their Christmas shopping, social

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