At 09:12 on Sunday 14 February, the first train called at Bow Street station, in Ceredigion, mid Wales, providing 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.
It is the first station to open in Wales since Pye Corner in December 2014 and Transport for Wales’ first since taking over the Wales and Borders network franchise in 2018.
Under construction since January 2020, the new station is on the Cambrian Line between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury, a line that, from 2022, will see the introduction of brand-new trains and an hourly weekday service. Construction has been funded by the Welsh Government and the Department for Transport as a scheme offering value for money and with strong local support.
Based on pre-COVID levels, the new station is anticipated to generate more than 30,000 new trips per year, reduce congestion and parking issues in Aberystwyth, and open up new employment and education opportunities for local residents.
Bow Street, which features a 100-metre-long single platform with a passenger waiting shelter, real-time information point and ticket machine, has a 70-space ‘park and ride’ car park, bus drop-off and pick-up point, access to local cycle routes and a covered cycle shelter. The station is easily accessed by road, thanks to improvements to the existing A415 junction with the A487(T).
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales in the Welsh Government, commented: “This is great news for passengers and the local area.
“The station will bring social and economic benefits to the area, which alongside the nearby active travel routes will make it easier for people to travel in a sustainable way.
“The funding we have provided is a sign of our ongoing commitment to improving the railway in Wales and giving more choice to passengers.”
UK Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris added: “It is fantastic that vital rail links have been restored for the Bow Street community for the first time in more than 50 years.
“Our investment in new stations is focused on improving journeys, boosting access to jobs and education and kickstarting economic growth as we build back better from Covid-19.”