BREAKING NEWS ::: ::: Goodwick Station demolished

Goodwick station site after demolition

Goodbye Goodwick Station

Goodwick Station has been demolished. All that remains of the historic building, the original terminus of the Fishguard railway, after a day under the wrecking bars, is a pile of rubble.

“It was a timber building – it came down very easily” one of the demolition crew told Fishguard Trains. “The only building we’re told to leave standing is the brick shed. I don’t know why”.

rubble after demolition

pile of memories

Demolition took advantage of one of the last weekdays without trains passing just feet away (other than the lunchtime boat train). In just over two weeks time, all work will have to be fitted between 14 trains daily. Work like building a replacement station, for example: because the demolition of the old station does not mean that the new station has received its go-ahead. The historic building was dangerous, “one big wind” could have blown it on to the track. It was declared beyond rescue. Now Pembrokeshire County Council is answerable to the Welsh Government for building a replacement station to a design consistent with its historic predecessor and its location in the Goodwick Conservation Area.

brick shed remaining at Goodwick station

quick tea before the train?

Right now we still wait for news that the County has found money at least for a temporary halt to serve the new rail service. The site is central to the twin towns, it has splendid car park and bus interchange potential, and that brick shed is ideal for a ticket office and station buffet.

We are also waiting for proof that Arriva, Pembrokeshire County Council and Richards Brothers are talking to each other about making the buses meet the trains. Fishguard Trains was dismayed to learn last week that Richard Brothers had had no approaches from the County about the imminent train service and its implications for bus routes and times. We were even less impressed to learn that the only planned change was to cut the County subsidy for the evening 410 Fishguard Town service – buses which could have met the incoming evening trains.

So we asked the Integrated Transport Division at Welsh Government if they were content with this situation? “Will you ensure that the parties coordinate their planning as a matter of urgency, to ensure the service is given the best chance of succeeding, and public money is well spent?”

steps up to the road

don't miss the train

We’re pleased to report that this week, Pembrokeshire County Council and Richards Brothers are finally talking to each other.  And Welsh Government tells us “We’re not indifferent. The accountability lies with Pembrokeshire County Council”.

Fishguard Trains will continue to press for all transport authorities and providers to cooperate to deliver an integrated public transport service for Fishguard and north Pembrokeshire.

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2 Responses to BREAKING NEWS ::: ::: Goodwick Station demolished

  1. Rhydgaled

    I type this with shaking hands, 17 days, 8 hours. They better get busy, parts of that historic building could have been saved and the only reason I could see for demolision was to give workers safe access to extend the platform out to the track while they only have the boat trains to avoid. If they don’t do this, then the demolishion of the building is an unacceceptable loss.

    The brick shed doesn’t have visual appeal like the wooden building, and when a replica of that is built (and it had better be eventually) the brick building would have no purpose. It would make a good interim waiting room/shelter though, no need for a new bus shelter. Ticket office and cafe? I wouldn’t expect that to happen, even with the proper station building.

  2. Swansea Jack

    The sad fate of the historic old building was sealed months ago when Scolton Manor showed absolutely no interest in trying to save the structure for future generations. Concerns over the loss of the last building of the old North Pembrokeshire and Fishguard Railway, which played a pivotal role in pushing forward the building of the Harbour should be directed at the Scolton Manor management – if you can even get through to them that is!

    One hopes that redevelopment of the station and its reopening can be progressed with vigour, lets hope Network Rail can work with PCC and other involved parties to speed the construction work for this critical part of the additional train scheme.

    8 days to go as I type this!

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