The evaluation consisted of two distinct strands and considered both the new services on the reopened Ebbw Vale
Line in February 2008 between Ebbw Vale
Parkway and Cardiff Central, and the provision of additional rolling stock to provide strengthened services at peak times on the; Merthyr Tydfil to Aberdare, Bridgend to Barry Island, Treherbert to Cardiff Central and Rhymney to Cardiff Central lines.
head coach Lee Davies said: "I thought it was one of those games that if we'd won two or three out of the last five or six we'd probably have a bit more confidence and we'd kick on and win.
did most of the early attacking but Merthyr went ahead in the eighth minute when centre David Langdon's attempted pass to Kynes was intercepted by the visitors' full back Thomas who sprinted 80 metres for a try at the posts.
The North Wales outfit won 19 of their 22 matches as they claimed the SWALEC One East title last season - their first season of competitive rugby, and are now preparing to take on some of the biggest names in the Welsh domestic game such as current holders Ebbw Vale
, Newbridge, Tondu and Pontypool.
But, Ebbw Vale
were cruelly denied right at the end when ref Neil Hennessy awarded Keys a penalty which Gunter converted to level the tie and book the Gwent club's place in a second cup final of the campaign.
Ben Stamalzak scored a try in either half while Josh Leach and Luke Cudmore added others as Ebbw Vale
fell to their first home loss since Neath won there 10 months ago.
He called it a "total loss of community" for Ebbw Vale
Llanelli booked their 15th final appearance 38-26 after skipper Wayne Proctor sent them on their way with a try in just eight seconds after Ebbw Vale
full-back had a kick charged down.
have now won 12 matches in a row and no-one in the club can remember when that last happened.
Without the additional track, only one train per hour can link Ebbw Vale
to Cardiff and overcrowding is already a problem - with demand likely to increase further.
Bedwas are still top of the Principality Premiership's east section having won six of their seven games while Ebbw Vale
remain rooted to the bottom.
industrial building in Ebbw Vale
to kick start plans for the Welsh Governments new Automotive Technology Park.