Mind the gap

Study these pictures closely. They may answer a key question: will Fishguard & Goodwick Station be reopened any time soon – especially in time for the extra trains in September?

train running non-stop through Fishguard & Goodwick Station

A step too far?

Picture One, taken by Spad in early April 2011, the lunchtime boat train running under the road bridge, non-stop through Fishguard & Goodwick. Look at that gap between the train and the platform. Does it seem suspiciously large? Some time in the 1970s, Network Rail’s predecessor relaid the tracks and opened a gap between the single line and the platform. No one at the time thought that would be a bad idea come 2011.

Could that gap prevent re-use of Fishguard & Goodwick in the short term? Even if Network Rail found the money and was persuaded to relay the track, they are not known for moving at the speed of light. Does that gap kill hopes for a convenient station for our trial service?

 

train reaching the far end of Fishguard & Goodwick Station

Gap? What gap?

Picture Two, taken five seconds earlier. The lunchtime boat train has just reached the far end of the platform. Now the gap looks smaller. Is it just because it’s further from the camera, or is the train really closer to the platform? The track and the platform do appear to curve away from each other the closer you come to the bridge. So at the far end of the platform, does the track still run close enough to stop a single coach train and get on and off safely – minding the gap of course?

Network Rail might not like that solution, but it wouldn’t be the only station where passengers can’t use the whole length of the platform – check out Ponytpridd next time you’re there.

Spad understands that Network Rail will soon be getting their tape measures out, and Fishguard Trains will be first with news of  the Gap.

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  1. Rhydgaled

    I’m pretty sure the gap is not the same the whole way along, I’ll have a look at my own pictures and some others I found on the internet and get back to you, so even if the train can’t stop in places there’s a good chance there will be a suitable spot. Anyway, as much as I would like to think the waiting room could be open by September I doubt the building can be restored that fast so sombody would have to throw up a fence around the building (shutting off the end of the platform the train is next to on your first picture) until the building can be restored and, hopefully, the waiting room opened.

    Even in the first picture, I reckon the only thing that could prevent use would be disability leglislation (ie. I think able-bodied passengers could easily step that far, but a wheelchair user would have to have the train stop where the gap is smaller, or at the harbour station). It is not nearly as bad as Wolfscastle station where the line has been singled and is now halfway between the two original platforms.

  2. Rhydgaled

    Here’s the shots I found online: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=goodwick+station hope the links work.

    From checking one of my photos (they aren’t online) I am 99% sure the curve of the platform is not the same radius as the curve of the track, so the gap won’t be constant.

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