Mid Wales

Ceredigion council backs Cambrian line freight idea

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Image caption No freight is currently carried on the Cambrian line

A disused railway station could be reopened for freight services for mid Wales under plans being considered by Ceredigion council.

The local authority is looking to reopen Bow Street station outside Aberystwyth.

A full council meeting has backed the idea of using the Cambrian Rail line for transporting goods.

Network Rail has said there could be a 30% increase in the use of railways to transport goods over the next decade.

Ceredigion council said freight services on the Cambrian line could also reduce heavy traffic from lorries on the A44 and the A487.

According to Councillor Mark Strong, who proposed the motion, no goods are transported on the railway into mid Wales despite the necessary infrastructure being available.

Councillor Alun Williams was one of those who proposed reinstating Bow Street Station as a transportation hub to relieve traffic in the area.

He said "There is now cross-party agreement that Ceredigion requires a fully integrated transport infrastructure that includes a railway service for both freight and passengers in order for the county to thrive economically."

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