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THE SHREWSBURY - ABERYSTWYTH RAIL PASSENGERS' ASSOCIATION WELCOMES YOU TO THEIR WEBSITE

This page updated 22nd December 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 https://tfw.gov.wales/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.

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".



CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

SARPA has been more busy than ever over the past few months. In circumstances where carriage shortages, problems with the service and the use of rail replacement buses continue to be widespread, our ability to discuss, complain and give feedback has been very important. We have also kept an eagle eye on the design and numbers of the new trains. This month, I have already sent 6 emails so far asking questions of and giving feedback to Transport for Wales.

More hearteningly, the full hourly service between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury is about to begin – but only on Sundays for the time being. We welcome this improvement and I yearn to see an hourly service on the Cambrian every day, but it's likely that we will have to wait for 2022 to see that!

Jeff Smith,
Aberystwyth,
July 2019





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