Minutes 28.2.2014

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

Present were:

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.