Transport for Wales has announced that work has started on the new £8-million railway station at Bow Street in Ceredigion.
The station will open in 2020 and is funded by the Welsh Government and the Department for Transport. The station will include park and ride facilities, cycle storage and a multi-modal transport interchange.
Bow Street is being delivered by TfW, Network Rail and Ceredigion County Council.
The original Bow Street station was closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts.
The station will be served by Transport for Wales services between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury / Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International
Bow Street will also benefit from the introduction of brand new trains and an hourly weekday service from 2022.
What did the officials say?
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport, said:
“Our vision for railways includes the opening of new stations and the improvement of connectivity across all regions in Wales. This is the beginning of delivering that ambition. Bow Street Station will improve links to employment, business, education and leisure facilities in Mid Wales.
“We have been clear about the need for greater investment by the UK Government so we welcome this funding from the Department for Transport, which sits alongside our own funding. We look forward to further joint working and investment from the UK Government, which has responsibility for rail infrastructure under the current devolution settlement, to improve rail infrastructure in all parts of Wales.”
James Price, Transport for Wales CEO, said:
“I’m delighted that work has started on the new station at Bow Street as it’s an important part of our plans to transform transport throughout the whole of Wales.
“This is the first station we’re building since we took over the Wales and Borders rail service, and we’ve committed to at least five further schemes, demonstrating our commitment to investing in connecting communities throughout Wales to the rail network.”
Claire Williams, Community Rail Officer said:
“The Bow Street Interchange project will make the railway more accessible for passengers from all over the county as well as reducing the amount of congestion on the roads within the area, therefore reducing the carbon emissions which of course is fundamentally better for the environment. The Cambrian Railway Partnership is proud to have been involved in this project from its inception and look forward to its opening later this year.”
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