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This page updated 6th August 2019

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".


The past few months have been a busy time for SARPA. We have continued to push for improvements to the service on the Cambrian in the short term and also for significantly more carriages which can work on the Cambrian from 2023. Amongst other things, it was a privilege to have the presence and contribution of Ioan Jenkins from Transport for Wales, as well as Claire Williams, the Partnership Officer, in our meeting in Newtown Town Council's splendid Chamber.

On a sorrowful note, we lost a very active member, Peter King, in March this year. Peter attended and contributed to our meetings on a regular basis, in addition to his tireless campaigning on a number of subjects - he was one of the lynchpins of the campaign to reopen Carno station. I expressed our sympathies to his widow and we will miss his company and contributions.

With significant problems still affecting the service and decisions being made about the new trains, the situation on the Cambrian line continues to develop and SARPA will continue to communicate complaints, praise and suggestions as appropriate in order to ensure that communities along the line receive the service they deserve.

Jeff Smith,
July 2019

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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