Wales

Work on £8m railway station at Bow Street gets under way

Artist's impression of a new railway station at Bow Street, Aberystwyth Image copyright Ceredigion Council
Image caption The new Bow Street station is due to open later in 2020

Work is getting under way to build a new railway station that will see trains call at a Welsh village for the first time in 55 years.

The new Bow Street station in Ceredigion is costing about £8m - funded by the Welsh Government and the UK's Department for Transport.

It is due to open later in 2020, served by Cambrian Line trains between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.

It follows a vocal campaign over the last decade to reopen the station.

Wales' Transport Minister Ken Skates 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."

Image copyright Ben Brooksbank
Image caption The original Bow Street station closed in 1965 - and is now the site of a builders' merchant

The original station was closed as part of the Beeching cuts in the 1960s that saw the rail network in Wales decimated.

The new station will be built south of the old site, which is now home to a builders' merchant.

The scheme is being delivered by Transport for Wales (TfW), Network Rail and Ceredigion council.

TfW chief executive James Price said it was the first station the organisation was building since taking over the Wales and Borders rail service.

"We've committed to at least five further schemes, demonstrating our commitment to investing in connecting communities throughout Wales to the rail network," he said.

Claire Williams, a community rail officer at Ceredigion council, 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."

Ceredigion councillor Paul Hinge said the new station was the "culmination of years of hard work" and would restore a "vital facility" on the west Wales coast.

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