Fishguard trial service to continue

passengers at Fishguard & Goodwick

permanent way?

Fishguard’s three-year government-funded service is to continue well past the three trial years announced in 2011. Arriva Trains Wales has published it’s May-December 2014 timetable, taking the service well into a fourth year – with no changes to the present pattern of seven trains each way, Monday-Saturday.

Fishguard Trains understands that Arriva has receive no notification to the contrary from Welsh Government. The new timetable therefore went to  press on a no-change basis. The trial service was launched in September 2011, and is due to end (and be reviewed) this coming September.  And with no news to the contrary from our government, Arriva has concluded, “We think the service will continue as at present”.

Fishguard Trains has of course asked for confirmation and clarification from Welsh Government – still awaited at press time.

But if confirmed, this news will be both surprising and hugely welcome in the twin towns.

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  1. Interesting, so ATW are just as in the dark as we are over whether WAG will continue to fund the service, but are assuming the service will continue?

    I wonder what WAG think they are playing at, leaving it so late. If it’s good news, why did they not announce it along with the HOWL and Cambrian increased frequencies? Also, have they forgotten that they were going to run a consultation at the end of the trial period? From the NPTF’s March 2011 newsletter:

    STOP PRESS: ADDITIONAL TRAINS FOR FISHGUARD
    WAG Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones has announced that funding is to be provided for five additional trains (to run Monday-Saturdays) between Fishguard and Carmarthen.
    Writing to the Assembly’s Petitions Committee, the Deputy First Minister made the following key announcements:

    ·Arriva Trains Wales has produced a draft timetable which is workable. However WAG is seeking to develop alternative options with ATW, on which they will then consult the local community and usergroups. This consultation will begin in April and last for two months.

    ·WAG will undertake a review of the services after the third year of the scheme to identify demand and passenger numbers, the nature of trips taken, and at that time will seek further community and user views.

  2. Swansea Jack

    We’ve won!

    Welsh Government official announcement that the additional trains to Fishguard will continue beyond the three year trial period …… http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/transport/2014/9079864/?lang=en
    http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/transport/2014/9079864/?skip=1&lang=cy

    Happy days!

    Swansea Jack

    • Spad

      “The extra services between Fishguard and Carmarthen have been very popular with passengers, helped improve access to services and provided a boost for tourism and other local businesses.” We agree with every word of Minister Edwina Hart’s statement. If you page back through our coverage of the trial service here on Fishguard Trains, you’ll see the evidence for this success, from day one to the end of this exciting trail.
      And now our service is on trial no more. The Fishguard service has become part of the basic rail service for Wales.
      Happy days indeed.

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