The Heart of Wales line has seen it’s Community Rail Partnership receive official accreditation from the Department for Transport and Welsh Government.
Following hot on the heels of the Cambrian Line, the Heart of Wales Development Company has become just the second in the UK to receive the new quality benchmark.
Accreditation is managed by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) on behalf of the Department for Transport.
Accreditation shows that the Development Company is running the Community Rail Partnership as a responsible organisation.
The partnership has delivered a number of key achievements in promoting the line over recent years, notably the creation of the Heart of Wales walking train, the 150th celebrations and the development of the cafe at Llandovery station.
The Heart of Wales Line walking trail comprises 16 different routes between stations which are viable in terms of meeting connecting trains.
What did the officials say?
Lisa Denison, Development Manager for the Partnership said:
“It’s fantastic news for us to have that benchmark of quality,”
“It will allow us to bid for ACORP funding and also means that we have a stronger voice when working with rail partners to influence service delivery changes such as timetabling, fares or station development.
“Rail tourism is a big growth area for us. For example we are seeing a large growth in passengers and enquiries since the launch of the final section of the walking trail.
“We are developing new plans, linking the line to local economic regeneration plans and sustainable transport development. We have an important role to play in local communities from supporting employment projects to creating enterprise and linking businesses across a wide geographic area and accreditation will hopefully strengthen our voice at both a local and national level.”