Centre for Cities CEO Andrew Carter has been forced to eat both his words and a tub of sandy cockles over his comments about Swansea being so far from Cardiff, as a Tourist Chief has bitten back and advised him ‘it’s only an hour on the train’.
Carter, from ‘London’, made the comments at the end of Week In Week Out while complimenting Cardiff’s infrastructure, presumably after they announced they were getting a new Premier Inn.
Swansea Tourist Manager Pete Bowen said: “Its such a ridiculous thing to say, but that’s cockneys for you. Things are obviously so expensive there they’ve lost all ability to judge time and distance.
“If he opened his eyes and his mind a bit he’d realise that Bridgend, Port Talbot Parkway, Neath then Swansea does not take 10-15 years. Trouble is he’s getting off at Cardiff and just because there’s a John Lewis there he thinks that’s it.
A spokesperson for the think tank added: “I think Andrew’s comments may have been taken out of context.
“He probably either meant that travelling through Bridgend, Port Talbot and Neath felt like 10-15 years. I’m sure he absolutely loves The Kingsway and that he thinks Oxford Street is equally as glamorous as its London based namesake.”
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