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This page updated 28th April 2020

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 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.

The Wales and Borders Franchise changed hands in October 2018 and the bid has been won by KeolisAmey. We look forward to working with the new operator, who run under the brand name "Transport for Wales".


Elsewhere on our website you can see our first non-print newsletter ever. Due to the circumstance with the coronavirus, we felt that we should not send out paper copies by post at the moment, so this issue will only be published as a PDF.

At the moment, there are far fewer travellers on the railway (and on the roads for that matter), but the railways are still playing an important role in carrying key workers to their work. "Transport for Wales". have reported to us that they have discussed the services required on the Cambrian with the health service and care homes in order to ensure that key workers can play their part in tackling the crisis.

Although circumstances have led to a significant reduction in services and journeys on the line, we are still keeping a keen eye on the future, with our calls for more carriages, worthy facilities and better services. Although only the Committee officers are meeting at the moment, online, we are still putting pressure on Transport for Wales concerning the number of toilets on the new trains, the number of carriages and how rail replacement buses are being run when there is trouble on the tracks, amongst other matters.

Lastly, but certainly not least, our members are very important to us, so best wishes and stay safe.

Jeff Smith,
April 2020

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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