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Big train consultation on track

Created on 03/09/2013 @ 13:55


The state and timetable for the Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth train line is one of the hottest local topics at present and residents and users can now have their say.

The need to introduce an hourly train as well as an improved service has been identified as crucial by the local business and tourism sectors and, now, the Welsh Government wants to hear directly from residents before forming its action plan.

It has commissioned the Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Railway Liaison Committee to undertake a wide-ranging consultation, which will include surveys on trains and at stations between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth, including Welshpool and Newtown.

Robert Robinson, Welshpool Town Council Clerk and Secretary of the Shrewsbury-Aberystwyth Railway Liaison Committee, told the Shropshire Star that Edwina Hart, the Welsh Government’s transport minister, will examine the survey’s evidence to ascertain the level of need for an enhanced service.

He told the paper: “The survey and consultation will be between October 7 and 20 where events will be held in towns along the line to see what the passengers and rail users want from the service.

“Survey forms will be delivered house-to-house in Welshpool and Newtown to ensure we gather as much hard evidence of future usage of an enhanced service as we can.

“In addition to people who already use the line, we need responses from people who don’t, to find out why and what changes could encourage them to use it.”

The survey and the wider consultation is being funded by the Welsh Government.

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