MID WALES RAIL NEWS
ISSUE NO 3 Decemer 2012
The Liaison Group
There is a group of interested parties who meet three times a year to monitor and help improved and maintain a great service on the Mid Wales Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Railway Line.
The group comprises Arriva Trains Wales, Network Rail, Rail Partnership, TraCC, MP and AM’s County Councils, Community and Town Councils, Aberystwyth University and others such as the rail passenger association.
Who is the Committee?
The Committee comprises the Town and Community Councils along the line, the three County Councils, Arriva Trains, Network Rail, Cambrian Rail Partnership, MP’s, AM’s, SARPA, TraCC, British Transport Police and the University of Aberystwyth. The group meets quarterly at Welshpool Town Hall in March, July and October of each year.
The Chair is Cllr Mansel Williams of Shropshire Council (pictured above). The secretary and treasurer to the group is Robert Robinson of Welshpool Town Council.
You can contact the group by telephone 01938 553142, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Triangle House, Union Street, Welshpool, SY21 7PG.
The footbridge over Welshpool Station has been resurfaced but is causing some concern over whether it works. Contact has been made with both the County Council and the Welsh Assembly (responsible for the bridge) to point out the safety issues. The response was that ‘they were looking into it’. Lets hope no one has an accident in the meantime, particularly with slipping on icy surfaces.
The ETRMS and the Mid Wales line
The Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth service is now creaking. The trains are often overloaded to levels which are uncomfortable at best. The works to upgrade the line have not worked to allow an enhanced service and more works are to be carried out at a cost of approx £25m in 2013. Pressure is now being put by the group on the Welsh Assembly and Arriva Trains to bring forward the enhanced service to May 2014 with no further delays.
When the enhanced service comes into place there may need to be further improvements to intermediate stations. For example the enlarging of the car park at Welshpool. The group has written to each of the Town and Community Councils along the line to ask what effect on their station facilities the new service might have with suggestions as to what could be done to meet any extra needs. The group will consider these at their March meeting.
What did we talk about
The rail committee met in October 2012 and considered reports on the Mid Wales line from Arriva Trains, Network Rail, the Rail Partnership and TraCC.
Full details are in the minutes of the meeting to be found on the Web Site.
Web Site Information
The association has its own web site which is updated regularly and all can see agenda, minutes and updates on activities.
The web site is at www.Shrewsburyaberystwythrailcommittee.org