Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Liaison Committee with Cambrian Coast Rail Liaison Conference
Of a meeting held at Y Plas Machynlleth on
Friday 28th February 2014 at 11.15am
Cllr M Willaims (Joint Chair) Shropshire Council
Cllr S Griffiths (Joint Chair) Gwynedd County Council
Cllr T Roberts (Vice Chair) West Coast 250
Cllr Eril John Williams (Vice Chair) Cambrian Rail
Ryhdian Mason TRAcc
Ben Davies Arriva Trains Wales
David Crunkhorn Arriva Trains Wales (Machynlleth)
Cllr Dewi Owen Gwynedd County Council
Cllr Anne Lloyd-Jones Gwynedd County Council
Cllr Eirwyd Williams Gwynedd County Council
Cllr John Hughes Gwynedd County Council
Cllr Alun Williams Ceredigion County Council
Cllr Michael Williams Powys County Council & Machynlleth T.C.
Cllr Dylan Lewis Aberystwyth Town Council
Cllr G Evans Dolgellau Town Council
Angus Eickhoff S.A.R.P.A.
Roger Goodhew S.A.R.P.A.
Philip Sayers Talyllyn Railway
David Woodhouse Aberystwyth Tywyn Tourism
Robert Robinson (Secretary) Welshpool Town Council
1. Apologies for absence
The meeting recorded apologies for absence as follows:
Alun Wyn Evans, Angela Russell and Glynda O’Brien
2. Minutes of the last meeting
The meeting noted that approval of individual groups minutes will approved at their next meeting.
3. Report on discussions between the Shrewsbury/Aberystwyth Rail Liaison Committee and the Welsh Assembly regarding the Cambrian Lines and an improved rail service.
3.1 The Secretary gave a full presentation on the current position with regard to the enhanced rail service provision and tourist trains on the Cambrian Coast.
A copy of the presentation is kept on file. (copy available by email upon request)
3.2 The presentation covered the following topics:
The history since July 2013
The survey and results
The recommendations to the Minister
The Implementation Group
3.3 The recommendations to the Minister are as follows:
a) The implementation of the extra morning and evening peak hour trains as set out in the timetables in the report (4 extra trains morning and 4extra trainsafternoon/evening) as soon as possible and no later than May 2015.
b) The implementation of the 1700 Fridays only Coast train from Machynllethto Barmouth extending its journey to Pwllheli each day. This recommendation to be implemented as soon as possible.
c) The introduction of a scenic train service on a trial basis for summer 2014 is supported.
d) To continue the Cambrian Lines Implementation Group to monitor the implementation of the new timetable and take forward the future recommendations to be implemented sometime between 2015 and 2018. Such reports and work to be completed by the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Railway Liaison Committee in consultation with the Cambrian Coast Line Liaison Committee.
e) To inform on the station improvements needed as the services on the Cambrian Lines are enhanced.
3.3 A statement from the Minister is expected following a meeting with the Implementation Group.
3.4 A copy of the reports (including that from the Implementation Group) will be posted on the new web site following publication by the Welsh Government. The web site is to be found at www.shrewsburyaberystwythrailway.org.uk
4. Working relationship between the Cambrian Line and the Shrewsbury/Aberystwyth Rail Liaison Committee.
4.2 The meeting considered a working relationship between the two groups.
It was agreed that both should meet together and a working basis should be considered.
4.1 Both groups will meet together on Friday 9th May 2014 at Y Plas Machynlleth at 11.15am.
5. Web Site (Shrewsbury Aberystwyth Rail Liaison Committee)
The Secretary presented the new web site which is still under construction but will be completed by Tuesday 4th March.
6. Steam Hauled Trains on the Cambrian Coast
A short discussion took place around the work being carried out by Angus Eickhoff and it was agreed that a working group should be taken forward reporting back to the Committee at each meeting. The working group will be set up via volunteers.
6. Date of next meeting.
The date of the next meeting shall be Friday 9th May 2014 at 11.15am at Y Plas Machynlleth.