We asked people what they love about living and working in South West Wales, and what our region should be famous for. A huge sense of pride emerged from these conversations – a recognition that we really are lucky to be here.
Everyone agrees that we should really do a better job of celebrating the quality of life, the sense of community, the amazing natural environment, the kindness of people and the many opportunities our region has to offer.
And we should be working collaboratively to address the challenges we face, to create flourishing local places, connected by inclusive and sustainable transport.
One of the ways we’re helping to do this is through our new Community Rail Partnership for South West Wales.
In partnership with Swansea Environmental Forum and Natural Resources Wales, we held a major transport conference for South West Wales, taking place online in February 2021.
We need greener, cleaner, healthier and better connected travel and transport for South West Wales, for a transport system that meets the needs of businesses, serves communities, and improves well-being across the region.
The conference aimed to help shape the future of transport in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea: What should the government be investing in, what could the local authorities be doing, and how can people, communities and businesses be part of the solution?
WHAT NEXT FOR REGIONAL TOURISM?
With lockdown restrictions slowly being eased in Wales, it’s time to consider what this means for the reopening of the visitor economy and tourism sector. We spoke to Andrew Campbell, Chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance about his thoughts on the return of tourism in our region, what preparations businesses must make and the future of tourism and travel for Wales.
PODCAST | What Next For Regional Tourism?
REGIONAL TRANSPORT IN SOUTH WEST WALES
We need greener, cleaner, healthier and better connected travel and transport for South West Wales, for transport that meets the needs of businesses, serves communities, and improves well-being across the region. In today’s roundtable discussion, 4theRegion is talking about future of transport in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea: What should the Welsh Government be investing in, what could the local authorities be doing, and how can people, communities and businesses be part of the solution?
PODCAST | Regional Transport in South West Wales
SUSTAINABILITY AT THE DVLA WITH RHIAN THOMAS
We’re delighted that DVLA has come on board as a partner of our alliance. We speak to the DVLA’s Senior Sustainability and Travel Services Manager, Rhian Thomas, about the organisations commitments to reducing carbon emissions, increasing on-site biodiversity, sustainable transport methods (such as electric vehicles) and the success of the DVLA’s performance against the Greening Government Commitments.
PODCAST | Sustainability at the DVLA with Rhian Thomas
SOUTH WEST WALES COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP PODCAST DISCUSSION
We speak to Jennifer Barfoot, who was appointed as Community Rail Officer earlier this year, about how she has been progressing in the role and the connections she has made during socially distanced meetings. We also speak to Becky Lloyd about her Community Bunting Challenge project and how it has manifested a spin-off project called Love This Place, coordinated by South West Wales Connected CRP.
PODCAST | South West Wales Community Rail Partnership
SOUTH WEST WALES CONNECTED LAUNCH
South West Wales now has its very own Community Rail Partnership, designed to help communities get the most benefit from their existing railway lines. The new Community Rail Partnership, South West Wales Connected, will engage with communities across Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to maximise the role the railway can play in fulfilling the goals of the Welsh Government’s Well-Being of Future Generations Act.
South West Wales Connected Launch
A REGIONAL CRP – BUT WHO ARE WE?
The first challenge for the new Community Rail Partnership was to agree on a name/identity for the partnership, something which all partners across the four counties of our region will feel part of. This was no small task, given the diversity of our region and the separate brands and identities already in use by each county and local area.
A Regional CRP – But Who Are We?
SOUTH WEST WALES COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP EVENT
In partnership with Transport for Wales (Rail), 4theRegion is now host to a new Community Rail Partnership for South West Wales, covering the four counties of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. Held at the Grand Hotel opposite Swansea Railway Station, the Community Rail Partnership launch event brought together people and organisations from across the region, to discuss the potential to make change happen for the region, by working together under the banner of the new CRP.
South West Wales Community Rail Partnership | Event Report
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