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?
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?
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.