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Lower rail fares for Flintshire pass holders to continue

ALYN and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant, who is the minister with responsibility for transport, has confirmed popular concessionary rail fares scheme is to continue on four rural routes across Wales.

Concessionary fares will continue on the Borderlands and Conwy Valley lines for a further two years for eligible Cerdyn Cymru pass holders in Flintshire, Wrexham, Conwy and Gwynedd, until September 30, 2013.

Eligible Cerdyn Cymru pass-holders in Carmarthenshire and Powys will be able to travel on the Heart of Wales line while Gwynedd pass-holders will be able to use the Cambrian Coast line during the winter months - from October 3.

Carl Sargeant, pictured, said: “The scheme continues to be very popular and will continue to address our goals of decreasing private car use, increasing the use of public transport, reducing rural isolation and strengthening our rural communities.”

The Welsh Government is funding the concessionary fares rail scheme over the next two years with additional funding contributions from local authorities.

A total of 95,091 concessionary rail journeys were made in Wales in 2010/11 – an increase of 9% compared to 2009/10.