REOPENING ABERYSTWTYH-CARMARTHEN LINE WOULD BE ‘DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE’

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Cambrian News photographer - First Minister Carwyn Jones AM with Aberystwyth University pro vice-chancellor Rhodri Llwyd Morgan at Old College, Aberystwyth

REOPENING the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen railway line will be “difficult and expensive”, according to First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Cambrian News reported “Mr Jones spoke about the campaign when he was grilled about tourism by members of the Committee for Scrutiny of the First Minister at a meeting at the Old College.

Mr Jones was asked what the Welsh Government’s strategy for tourism and small businesses was and about the possible impact of Brexit on the industry.

Mid and West Wales AM Simon Thomas also raised the possibility of reopening the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen railway line and how that could help tourism.

The First Minister said there would be improvements in the rail service between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.

But he warned that finding funds and a route for reopening the railway line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen would “be difficult and would be expensive”, even though there was support for the feasibility study.

He added that ensuring the TrawsCymru bus service provided a good quality service was a priority currently.

Another issue raised was the impact that the closure of public toilets could have on tourists.

Dai Lloyd AM questioned if more needs to be done considering the number of public toilets that have closed across the country in recent years as county councils look to cut costs” here.

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