“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! .
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?
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.
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 …
… the Minister had already left the station.