Nearly forty years after Fishguard & Goodwick Station closed to passengers, the fate of the abandoned station is rapidly becoming a key issue in local discussion of our new rail service.
Two months ago, Fishguard Trains asked “what possible reason can prevent the reopening of F&G in time for September?” We showed how Network Rail built and opened a complete station (in Cumbria, not Cymru) in six days from start to finish.
In May we reported that Network Rail and Pembrokeshire County Council have agreed to look in detail at the feasibility of reopening Fishguard & Goodwick Station, following a site visit to the rapidly decaying station.
Commenting this month, Swansea Jack says “We need Goodwick station though!” Jeremy Martineau agrees: “Goodwick station is essential to make this trial an effective and honest one.” Meanwhile Rhydgaled has been back to the station and reports “I went for a look today and it looks (not sure) that the sag in the roof is more pronounced. I was happy to let restoration wait, but if the condition really has deteriated then we need to get it restored now.” To which Swansea Jack responds: “A station like Goodwick would expect only a bus shelter type affair these days – I cannot see the money being there to restore the old building unfortunately.”
Here’s a plan of the Conservation Area in Goodwick, “an area of special architectural and historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance” (Planning (Listed buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990). Demolition within Conservation Areas requires consent. Pembrokeshire County Council designated the centre of Goodwick, which also has many individually listed buildings “to ensure that the character of the area is protected.” Notice how the Council went out of its way to INCLUDE the station in the Conservation Area. If the station buildings collapsed or were demolished, the whole extension of the Conservation Area over the railway line would be pointless.
Fishguard Trains thinks the best way for the planning authority to preserve and enhance this part of the Conservation Area is to restore the buildings to their original purpose. That can’t happen by September. But what can happen is “a bus shelter type affair” along the platform, PLUS security fencing around the building, PLUS an architectural rescue plan for the old buildings. Do you agree?