The five extra train services between Fishguard and Carmarthen will provide West Wales with good access to the rest of the UK rail network. This will include through services to Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff, Manchester and good connections to London.
Speaking at the official launch, Carl Sargeant said:
“The new train services to Fishguard is a big development in public service improvement for North Pembrokeshire.”
“These additional services will not only play a vital role in improving links to the region - that will in turn provide a boost to the area both in terms of tourism and the economy - but also support our drive to encourage more people to use rail rather than road.
“It is now essential to ensure that these services are used regularly and are a success story.”
A timetable for the new services was developed following close consultation with a variety of interest groups and the local community in order to ensure that it best fits the needs of the region.
Michael Vaughan, Head of Franchise & Stakeholder Management for Arriva Trains Wales commented:
‘We have been extremely pleased to work with Welsh Government for the provision of the additional services for Fishguard Harbour, and we wish the service every possible success.”
“ I am confident that the timetable will make access to the whole of the UK rail network so much easier for the residents of North Pembrokeshire and for helping bring extra visitors into the county by rail’.
The extra five trains that will run in both directions every day between Mondays and Saturdays are in addition to the two current services that connect with the ferries to Ireland.
Mark Langman, Network Rail:
“Wales relies on rail. Rail is a key driver and enabler of economic growth, it is environmentally sustainable and connects communities. Today's achievement owes to a shared vision and demonstrates the importance of partnership in creating similar successes for the railway in Wales.”
A review of the extra services will be carried out after the third year of the scheme to identify demand and passenger numbers, the nature of trips taken, and will at that time seek further community and user views.