This week I have challenged the Welsh Government on the long-discussed idea of reopening a railway station in Bow Street.
Detailed plans were drawn up some three years ago, which included a station at the southern end of the village together with park and ride facilities. But no progress has been made on bringing the project to fruition.
I personally raised the issue in this week’s questions to the Transport Minister in the National Assembly. I was pleased to hear that the Welsh Government is still willing to commit match funding to this project, and were pressing the UK Government and Network Rail to provide investment.
The more frequent service that we’ll see on the line from next spring gives an even stronger reason to look at commuter services along the line – particularly at Bow Street, a village which has grown substantially in population in recent years.
If, as we hope, progress is made on devolving rail infrastructure powers to Wales in the near future, this is a project that’s well-developed, and a prime candidate for investment.
A restored railway station in Bow Street could reduce the traffic into Aberystwyth and help ease parking problems in the town. It would also cost a tiny fraction of the amount which the Welsh Government is planning to spend on a short stretch of the M4.