Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line reopening proposed by Traws Link Cymru

Discussion in 'transport' started by editor, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's certainly a bold proposal but one that would make a huge difference to the area: http://www.trawslinkcymru.org.uk/?page_id=48

     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Nice little vid:

     
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  3. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    A bit of pre-election posturing I suspect - words are free , - as a seasoned railwayman and Welshman , I can 100% say "no chance" .........the line carried about a 100 people each way in its heyday....(unless of course a special tax was raised to fund it) , this when the Welsh NHS has had budget cuts and so on.
     
  4. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Plenty of more densely populated places in the country (including Wales) without a train service, can't see this ever happening.
     
  5. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    A sensible option would be to rebuild Afon Wen - Caernarfon - Menai Bridge (for Bangor) - bigger population quota and would link the beautiful , but slow Cambrian Coast to the much faster access to that there London and Brum / North West etc. The top NE corner of Wales......

    Often wonder what / if would have happened had the Vale of Rheidol built their planned extension from Aber to Aberaeron via Llanarth along the coast. Now that would be a great scenic ride. Had they done so , I suspect it would have like many French Rural "Lignes locale" - died in the 1930's. .......
     
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  6. SikhWarrioR

    SikhWarrioR And the Worms ate into his brain

    Like the now revived Welsh Highland ? anyway any Rail reopening is good especially if they use loco hauled stock or put decent sized luggage compartments on the units for bikes etc like the first gen DMUs had even the single cars And a vastly better investment than the £125bn they are gonna spunk on Great Britain's new Maginot Line the Trident replacement
     
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  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  9. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    It would be great, but even in Welsh terms there would be far better uses to which half a billion pounds could be put. Electrifying (as part of the Merseyrail network) the Borderlands route and rebuilding the Denbigh - Chester line as a part of it, for instance.
     
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Depends in where you live, of course.
     
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  11. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    It does, and in an ideal world we could have both (and the rest of the schemes to rebuild routes that should never have been closed) - but in terms of getting people off buses and out of their cars and onto the train, quite a bit more would be achieved in North-East Wales and the Wirral than in Aberystwyth and Camarthen.
     
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I don't see it as an either/or choice. You're certainly already better served by public transport in the Wirral than you are west of Carmarthen.
     
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  13. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    NIce idea , but far greater issues elsewhere in Wales , notably the Valleys where the desire to electrify and further develop the Network is somewhat buggered by the go ahead not being given yet , and the present train fleet of 142 and 143 sets lose their accessibility rating in 2020. Cost around £700 million. No derogation , no trains - period.

    All very well having aspirations , but the "day job" ought to come first. Even more so . one ought to contribute to areas where there are people. This is just political Plaid / Labour political posturing.
     
  14. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I can't see it happening but it would be a major boost to the areas, particularly for tourism. I'd love to travel the line.

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    More: Why the West Wales Line might not be a pipedream
     
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