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Herald Radio re-launch reaches over 10,000

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Toby Ellis: In the studio

EVEN the most optimistic pundit could not have predicted that over 10,000 people from west Wales would tune in for the official re-launch of Herald Radio on Tuesday (May 2).

Breakfast presenter Chris Lee was joined for the switch-on by Station Manager and drive-time presenter Toby Ellis and Rachel George at 8am​.​

​Within half an hour there were already a over​ 1,000 people tuned in, and throughout the day, over 5,000 people had tuned in via Facebook live, and thousands more streaming via the iPhone app and website.

The first day of the new format offering, from a host of well -​known local presenters received a positive response from online listeners.

Within hours, the studio was flooded with emails and messages on social media, praising the successful re-launch and requesting their favourite tunes from presenters they know and love.

Station Manager, Toby Ellis, said: “The response to the re-launch has been amazing! After weeks of preparation it was great to get back on the air and broadcast across west Wales.

“With our amazing line-up of DJs, a newsroom next door with the latest local news breaking all the time, and a fantastic playlist, I’m not surprised that the station has launched so strongly.

“Local radio is extremely important in west Wales and we’re excited to be bringing a new sound to Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

“We’ve only just got started  too – with many more shows, giveaways and features planned – so I expect the listenership to only go up.

“We’ve now had 20,000 listeners, which is absolutely amazing. Thank you to everyone who has tuned in!”

Herald Radio is an online radio station which is available anywhere in the world – so even if you’re relaxing on a holiday you can still tune in.

Simply go to www.heraldradio.com on any online-connected device and click ‘Listen Live’.

Alternatively, if you have an iPhone, download the Herald Radio app from the app store by searching for ‘Herald Radio’. With this app in your pocket, you are one finger tap away from listening at all times.

For Android users, an app is currently under development and will be released on the Google Play store shortly.

In total, on its first day, Herald Radio racked up:

  • 10,000 website visits
  • 5,000 Facebook live viewers
  • 4,000 unique listeners
  • 1,000 iOS app downloads
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Proposed work on dangerous Dorglwyd Junction set to be delayed

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ELIN JONES AM and Ben Lake MP have expressed their frustration following a recent statement from the Welsh Government noting that work on the A487 Dorglwyd junction from Comins Coch, would be delayed.

The junction has witnessed several crashes and close-calls over recent years, with local residents calling for the development of a roundabout or similar traffic-calming measures.

The Welsh Government announced in September 2016 that a feasibility study would be undertaken by the following Summer as to consider potential options to improve the junction.

However, a recent letter from Ken Skates AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport to Elin Jones AM and Ben Lake MP noted: “We are aware of the issues at the junction and an improvement scheme has been within our upgrades programme for some time. Unfortunately, due to limited financial resources and competing priorities, it has progressed slowly.”

“We are currently reviewing the scope of a possible improvement and considering solutions which are affordable and minimise environmental impact. When we are in a position to present outline solutions, a workshop with local stakeholders will be held. This is likely to be in early 2019.”

Elin Jones AM said: “Whilst I do welcome such clarification from the Cabinet Secretary on the next steps for Dorglwyd junction, it is disappointing to read that no major works for the transformation will happen due to the expense of the project. It is positive however to see that a smaller scale improvement is now to be pursued, with consultation likely to be undertaken in early 2019.”

John Roberts, local Ceredigion County Councillor for Faenor ward, added: “I share both Elin Jones’ and Ben Lake’s disappointment at the response from Ken Skates AM. The original plan was to encapsulate a more global project including the Llanbadarn bypass therefore we need to be more realistic in our aspirations for Dorglwyd corner. Having discussed the project on site with both Elin Jones AM and Ben Lake MP last week we were of the opinion that a much smaller project which could solve the Dorglwyd issue was feasible and be much cheaper than the present scheme. We will wait for the consultation period in 2019.”

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Museum lights up the past

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CEREDIGION MUSEUM has had a full refurbishment of its lighting thanks to £116,558 of grants from Welsh Governments Museums Archives and Libraries Division and the Rural Community Development Fund.

Museum Curator, Carrie Canham, said: “Lighting has been a problem for us for some time; the system was so old that we couldn’t get new bulbs for some of the fittings. Also, we love to put on theatrical and musical performances at the museum but we couldn’t create an atmosphere with just strip lights and footlights. We’ve now got great stage and display lighting and it’s transformed the whole experience for our audiences.

“The new lighting system is all LED, so not only does it look much better it is also more suitable for the more delicate exhibits and it saves us money on our lighting bill.”

The lighting was designed and installed by DBNAudile, who specialise in museum lighting.

The team managed to install the system with minimal disruption to visitors.

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KeolisAmey awarded Wales and Borders Rail contract

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KEOLISAMEY is pleased that the Welsh Government has announced its intention to award the contract to operate the Wales and Borders rail service and the South Wales Metro to KeolisAmey.

Upon successful completion of a 10-day standstill period, the contract will run from June 4, 2018, to October 14, 2033, with rail services transferring on October 14, 2018.

This standstill period is normal procurement practice.

KeolisAmey is a joint venture partnership of international public transport operator Keolis, and infrastructure asset management specialist Amey.

KeolisAmey currently runs the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in London, which has one of the best records in UK rail – consistently better than 99% reliability. Additionally, we operate and maintain Greater Manchester’s Metrolink – the largest tram network in the UK.

Alistair Gordon, Chief Executive of Keolis UK, said: “This will be a transformative new rail service for Wales and its borders which will see Keolis once more combine its worldwide expertise in passenger operations with Amey’s engineering excellence.

“We look forward to the successful completion of the procurement process – this exciting contract will deliver for all of Wales. The procurement process was rigorous, resulting in transformative solutions for the benefit of all in Wales, and indeed, future generations.

“While the proposed changes won’t happen overnight, the railway will be unrecognisable in five years thanks to the vision of the Welsh Government.”

Andy Milner, Amey’s Chief Executive, said: “Building on our successful partnership with Keolis, which already sees us deliver two high performing services – the Greater Manchester Metrolink and London’s DLR – we are honoured to be asked to operate the Wales and Borders service.

“This is a great opportunity for us to use our joint capabilities to deliver a first-rate service for Wales. We will be focused on working with Transport for Wales to transform the existing infrastructure and introduce new trains to significantly improve the passenger experience, as well as creating hundreds of new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”

KeolisAmey is unable to make any further comment until the procurement process has concluded and the contract has been awarded.

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