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Railwatch 080 - July 1999

Mid Wales and the Borders

By Chris Magner

Marches Line Speaking to the Marches Line Rail Users Association AGM in Ludlow, Chris Gibb, Operations Director, Wales and North, Wales & West Passenger Trains Ltd said: "At least 93% of trains arrive on time on the Marches Line. It is the best efficiency level since records began. During March 855 passenger trains passed through the region on the Cardiff to Manchester route and 93% were on time. Further improvements are promised in the coming months." Wales & West has produced an excellent folder entitled What Why When Where? In a question and answer format it explains the policies of the company.

Reopening Anglesey County Council has been given the green light to buy the Amlwch branch. Just as in the case of the Welsh Highland Railway, there has been opposition to reopening the Gaerwen-Amlwch railway from around 7,000 people who want the former line converted into a footpath and cycleway. Sustrans estimates 76,000 cyclists would use the cycleway within three years and so pump £1million into the local economy. Cwmni Rheilffordd Ynys Mon has welcomed the decision to buy the line which cost around £300,000 and is proceeding with plans to reinstate the railway passenger services.

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