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Drop-in event for railway bridge plans

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Crash: The bridge has been hit several times by lorries

HAVERFORDWEST residents are being invited to an information ‘drop-in’ session being held by Network Rail regarding essential work to replace the Merlins Bridge railway bridges.

On numerous occasions high sided lorries have caused delays to traffic after colliding with the bridge on Dredgmans Hill.

Earlier in the year, Network Rail announced it would be upgrading that bridge and a second one on Pembroke Road at a cost of £4.25m.

Network Rail engineers will demolish the existing decks at both railway bridges – which carry the South Wales Mainline – and install new, to improve the resilience and reliability of the railway – all part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan. The 80-year-old bridge decks require replacement as are nearing the end of their lifespan.

To ensure the core work is carried out as efficiently and as safely as possible, the A4076 at Milford Road railway bridge and part of Pembroke Road will require short temporary closures early in 2019. To minimise disruption to the local community, the closures will take place at separate times.

Pembroke Road at the railway bridge will be closed from 8pm on Friday, January 18, 2019 until 6am on Monday, January 21. The A4076 at Milford Road railway bridge will be closed from 7pm on Friday, February 15, until 6am on Monday, February 18.

Rhys Howells, scheme project manager for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: “We are working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council and other partners to develop the diversionary routes to ensure we minimise disruption to the local communities, motorists and rail passengers.

“Before we begin work, we will engage communities, road users and businesses as well as widely publicise the temporary road closures, traffic management system that will be in operation and construction programme. We will also arrange drop-in events for local residents and business owners, giving everyone the opportunity to discuss the expected work with project managers and Network Rail staff.

“We understand closing these roads for any length of time is inconvenient and we would like to thank the community for their patience and support in advance.”

The ‘drop in’ event will take place on Tuesday, December 4, between the hours of 3.30pm to 6.30pm at the Merlins Bridge Welfare Hall, Pembroke Road, SA61 1JW.

Network Rail will have members of the project team on hand to answer any questions and they are encouraging residents to drop by at any point during this time.

Network Rail care about their railway neighbours and as such, letters inviting them to attend this drop in event have been sent to properties neighbouring the bridges, who may be affected by the work.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community and what we can do when we work together.”

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Judith Rhead murder: Police appeal to public for information

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm it is appealing for information after the death of a 68-year-old woman from Pembroke Dock.

Judith Rhead’s body was discovered in a property in Market Street on Saturday, February 20.

Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with her murder and was remanded into custody on Thursday (Feb 25).

Morgan is due to appear at Swansea Crown Court tomorrow, police have confirmed.

A spokesman said: “The force has set up an online portal where the public can share any information they feel might help investigators with their enquiries.

“Specifically, police would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Judith between November 2020 and February 2021.”

Detectives said that they would also like to speak to anyone who has information about Dale Morgan’s movements on February 19 or 20, or who believes they have other information that could assist the investigation.

To share information to the police via the portal, please click here.

Alternatively, you can also contact the force by calling the non-emergency number, 101.

 

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PM backs Crabb’s calls for CPR lessons in schools

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PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has backed Preseli MP Stephen Crabb’s calls for CPR to be taught in schools in Wales.

Following a letter signed by Stephen Crabb which aimed to introduce CPR and lifesaving skills to the Welsh curriculum, Prime Minister Boris Johnson added his support to the campaign during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (Feb 24).

Responding to a question in the Chamber from a colleague, the Prime Minister said: “I agree very much about the importance of learning CPR. That is why we introduced it into the curriculum for all state funded schools in England.”

However, as education is a devolved matter, the decision as to whether to introduce CPR into the Welsh curriculum lies with the Welsh Government in Cardiff and the Prime Minister added: “I share his urgency that the policy should be adopted in Wales as well.”

Commenting after the Prime Minister pledged his support towards the campaign in Wales, Stephen Crabb said: “Basic CPR lifesaving skills could play an important role in helping unexpected cardiac deaths across Wales.

“For the Welsh Government to continually say no to the idea feels wrong and could put lives at risk.

“I’m pleased the Prime Minister supports this campaign and I will continue to work with colleagues in the Senedd to ensure these skills are taught to the children of Wales.”

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