A feasible platform

Network Rail and Pembrokeshire County Council have agreed to look in detail at the feasibility of reopening Fishguard & Goodwick Station.

close-up of Goodwick station and train

"no insurmountable issues"

The decision comes after a site meeting attended by officers from both authorities at the existing station, which has been closed for decades.

They were faced with a weed-infested platform, a big gap between it and the track (created when the track was relaid after the station closed) and, perhaps most seriously, a curving platform. All these problems would have to be addressed before the station can reopen to the public.

Despite this, officials came away declaring there were “no insurmountable issues” to rebuilding. For example the gap between platform and track could be addressed when the platform surface is relaid. As for the curve in the platform – unacceptable in Network Rail’s rulebook – one question is whether a section of platform long enough for the expected single coach trains may be all that is needed.

Both authorities will now study the questions in detail, aware that there is currently no budget for any work at Goodwick. With the Welsh government already committing £1.4 million yearly to a three-year trial service between Fishguard and Carmarthen, concerns about poor passenger access at the Fishguard end are mounting. Former Transport Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones’ announcement came “out of the blue”, catching everyone including Network Rail and Pembrokeshire County Council, by surprise.

Today’s news is the first clear sign of a chance for a sensible terminal for Fishguard’s new trains.

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  1. Rhydgaled

    This all sounds like a lot of un-necessary costs to me, which at a time like this could be just the sort of thing that would put a stop to the project. Provided the gap is small enough or can be fixed, just put a fence round the building, open up the gates to the site and instruct drivers to stop. If signifficant work really is required, then sufficent length of platform should be made available to take a Class 158 ‘Alphaline’ 2-car DMU. We may be getting a Class 153 (single car) DMU in the short-term, but build the platform for one of them only and we’d be back to square one if, as you suggested we could aim for, we get our service upgraded to an express to Cardiff over the Swansea District Line for the aniversary (next year?).

    Curving platform? No problem! Send Network Rail out with their tape-measures (or whatever it is you use to measure the radius of a curve) to Narberth, Milford Haven and even London Paddington. I think all three have platforms that curve more tightly than ours. The only possible issue is the gap, but I’m supprised the curve (which looks like having a different radius to that of the track) hasn’t made the gap disapear at the other end of the station.

    What’s wrong with the folilage? I happen to think it goes well with the building in the state that it is. Until the money can be found to restore the building, I don’t think it is worth the cost of the weedkiller to get rid of a few plants. And why bother relaying the platform surface? Have you seen Aberystwth’s platform? Go beyond the train there and it has a very un-even surface indeed.

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