AM News – June 2018

Well here is the last of the old style columns, for June, that won’t now appear in the Merthyr Express. So I’ll post it here and also think about how to make this type of report in the future.


Since my last column one of the main stories has been confirmation by our Welsh Government of the details for the new rail and Metro franchise. This welcome news will see major investment in our rail services, with new and improved rolling stock, more frequent services, improved ticketing and better interchanges. The investment will obviously take several years to roll out but firm plans are now in place for improving both the Rhymney and Merthyr Tydfil lines.


Another big announcement was the Welsh Government response to the expert review of health and social care in Wales. We have set up a £100 million transformation fund in Wales as there is a continuing need to move many health services out of hospitals and have those services closer to people in communities. In Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney we have some excellent provision and ground breaking work at Keir Hardie health park and Rhymney integrated centre. This must be built upon for the future.

As part of meeting the challenge we also know that the more steps we all take to look after ourselves then the better the chances of avoiding problems with diabetes, alcohol and smoking etc. In just a couple of weeks’ time the NHS is 70 years old. We have so much to be thankful for, including the staff who look after us, and we must do all we can to keep it fit for the next challenges.

I was also pleased that all of my office has now completed Dementia Friendly training. It is a very worthwhile to spend some time being trained and recognised as a dementia friend.


Congratulations to the organisers and team of volunteers who made the festival a big success. It has grown steadily over the last five years and is now an event drawing people from far and wide to see Merthyr Tydfil and to enjoy visiting the town centre.


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