Get on board with the ‘Next Stop St Clears’ campaign

Friday 6th March 2020 10:00 am
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The people of St Clears have urged to attend a public meeting regarding the potential reopening of St Clears Railway station.

It comes after more people are coming on board in support for the Next Stop St Clears campaign, which is calling for the town to have its station restored.

The station was closed in 1964 following the Beeching cuts at the time and efforts to reopen it have been ongoing for over 50 years.

The St Clears community received positive news a few months ago when the scheme reached the third and final stage of a Welsh Government review of railway stations in Wales.

Which is part of a national strategy to improve community transport links with the review looking at former sites as well as new locations.

St Clears Town Council is currently engaging with the community to gather support which will be used to demonstrate demand and out forward to the Welsh Government, with a petition launched showcase demand.

A public meeting has now been called to discuss the matter, this will take Ysgol Griffith Jones on Thursday March 12 at 6.30pm.

St Clears town clerk Emma Smith said: “We need to hear people’s voices, so even if they don’t live in St Clears we are urging everyone interested to come along; sign the petition, fill in our questionnaire online at stclearstowncouncil.co.uk and write to their local councillors, AMs and MP to express their support.”

The Next Stop St Clears petition can be found online at assembly.wales/petitions, or at venues in the community, and is open until the end of April.

It calls on the National Assembly to urge the Welsh Government to recommend St Clears to Network Rail for a new railway station.

It adds: “St Clears and the surrounding communities will benefit greatly from re-opening the railway station, closing the gap in the West Wales line and enabling more people to use the train.

“We believe a station in St Clears would bring many benefits, including social inclusion, reducing carbon footprint and increased tourism in the area.”

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