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This page updated 12th September 2017

SARPA is the local rail users group for the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line running from the English border through Montgomeryshire to the coast of North Ceredigion and ending up in the increasingly important University (and Assembly administration ) town of Aberystwyth. We exist to preserve and promote the line so that there is a more sustainable transport system for future generations. SARPA is one of the more active rail user groups in Wales and meets monthly. We are continually campaigning on various issues from train times and frequency to station maintenance and welcome any comments anybody has about the rail service in Mid Wales.

We are delighted with introduction of an augmented train service between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth, which began in May 2015.


As your acting Chairman until our AGM in October 2017 at Machynlleth it is my pleasure to introduce a slightly new style Newsletter. The aim is to give our readers more information on current and proposed events which affect the Cambrian lines especially at this time of franchise renewal.

This doesn't mean that we are going to desert the historical. What we are going to do is try to include shorter pieces of direct relevance which let you know what happens at the SARPA monthly meetings and news from other rail associations, government, etc. However, our stalwart editor, Denis Bates, can only include information if he receives it. So please communicate with him. His details are at the end of the Newsletter under Officers of the Association.

Meanwhile to more immediate matters. The sooner we can get all of our 24 2-car 158 units back to Machynlleth the better. Loadings on the line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth are already heavy on many trains especially during the holiday seasons and at peak times. The Coast Line is the same during the summer time. A case of six car trains at least from Shrewsbury to Machynlleth with enhancement from the current two cars up the coast at peak times? We must also do all that we can to ensure, at the very least, a full hourly service when the new franchise commences.

Following the previous two Chairmen with all their knowledge of railways historical and current has been a somewhat daunting task and I thank all the Committee Members who have given me a great deal of help and guidance during the last months. We want SARPA to reflect the concerns of our members, so please try to come to the monthly meetings, contribute to the Newsletter or indicate your willingness to stand for the Committee when the AGM comes around. And remember from October of this year SARPA needs a new Chairman.

Ivor Morris, Acting Chairman
Welshpool, August 2017

You can see what we said about the railway industry in the past by clicking on this link to our archive page. We have archived all the newsletters back to November 2001.

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