The Send-off

Cor Newyddion Da welcoming the new train service

Newyddion Da

“Praise the Lord! We are a musical nation.” The Rev. Eli Jenkins of Milk Wood would have approved today’s launch of our new rail service, to the young voices of Côr Newyddion Da and the harp of Moira Lewis.


After the years of campaigning, petitioning and lobbying, we now have regular trains to Fishguard -  so rejoice! .

Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Social Justice & Local Government, speaking at launch

The Minister

But first, Carl Sargeant, Assembly Member for Alyn and Deeside (as far from Fishguard as you can get in Wales) and Minister for Social Justice and Local Government offered some well-chosen words. He has inherited the rail re-opening decision from his predecessor, Ieuan Wyn Jones. We wonder who will be Transport Minister when the experimental service comes up for review in September 2014?

Cllr Jamie Adams speaking at launch

The Councillor

Pembrokeshire’s Councillor Jamie Adams spoke of another reopening – the reopening of Goodwick Station towards which Pembrokeshire is working. He didn’t on this occasion mention a timescale.

crowd gathered on platform to send-off the 9:56

The Send-off



Amongst the crowd waiting to welcome the next train Fishguard Trains spoke with people with relatives in Australia and British Columbia, all delighted at the prospect of reaching Fishguard by train in future.


The 9:46 was delayed arriving in Fishguard. Arriva explained this was because of cable theft in the Swansea area.


So that by the time the 9:56 was ready to depart …



train crew ready to depart Fishguard

where's the Minister?

… the Minister had already left the station.


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