The timetable for Fishguard’s new train service has reached its final hurdle – Network Rail validation. The public consultation on the new service – due to start on September 12th – closed on June 17th. But no timetable can be published until Network Rail approves the Welsh Government plan.
Fishguard Trains understands that Welsh Government made changes to the proposed timings in the light of public feedback, and train operator Arriva Trains Wales has now submitted their final revision to Network Rail for validation.
“It’s a standard procedure” says ATW. “Network Rail has to decide if its a workable timetable for them.” There are many other timetable changes in Network Rail’s in-tray – including the whole winter 2011/12 timetable, and the Fishguard service is an unexpected addition to the usual round of changes. ATW does not know how long Network Rail validation will take, which means that we still have no idea when the official timetable will be published. “Hopefully as soon as we can”, says ATW.
With under two months to the new service, it begins to seem like later rather than sooner.