Construction of the £8-million new station at Bow Street in West Wales has commenced. Located close to the UK Innovation and Research Campus that is being developed by Aberystwyth University, the station will provide access between the site and the University’s main campus in Aberystwyth itself.
The new station will provide a link to the national rail network for the community of Bow Street for the first time since the former station was closed in 1965. Part funded by the Department for Transport via the New Stations Fund, it will include park and ride facilities, cycle storage and a multi-modal transport interchange.
Bow street is on the Cambrian line. It will be the last through station on the route from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth via Machynlleth.
The scheme is being delivered by Transport for Wales (TfW), Network Rail and Ceredigion County Council. TfW has stated that it will transform transport for local residents, providing links for employment and educational opportunities. Through providing alterative travel, it will also help ease road congestion on local roads, supporting the sustainability agenda.
Bow Street is planned to open later in 2020. It will be served by a fleet of brand new trains and will have an hourly weekday service from 2022, by which time other stations along the line will have benefitted from investment as part of TfWs £194 million Station Improvement Vision.
Visiting the site of the new station, Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “Our vision for railways includes the opening of new stations and the improvement of connectivity across all regions in Wales. This is the beginning of delivering that ambition. Bow Street Station will improve links to employment, business, education and leisure facilities in Mid Wales.
“We have been clear about the need for greater investment by the UK Government so we welcome this funding from the Department for Transport, which sits alongside our own funding. We look forward to further joint working and investment from the UK Government, which has responsibility for rail infrastructure, under the current devolution settlement, to improve rail infrastructure in all parts of Wales.”
Transport for Wales CEO James Price added: “I’m delighted that work has started on the new station at Bow Street as it’s an important part of our plans to transform transport throughout the whole of Wales.
“This is the first station we’re building since we took over the Wales and Borders rail service, and we’ve committed to at least five further schemes, demonstrating our commitment to investing in connecting communities throughout Wales to the rail network.”