Carno Station Action Group were delighted to meet Regional Assembly Member Eluned Morgan last week to discuss the case for reopening a station in the village. Group Chairman, Jeremy Barnes, said “We are really pleased to have this opportunity to discuss the problems with Eluned. After taking the station reopening forward so far we were becoming concerned about the lack of progress in recent months.” Following lengthy discussions and correspondence great progress had been made with the previous Assembly Minister responsible, Edwina Hart, but after she stood down at the recent election it has taken time for the new Minister to respond to the group.
The Campaign Group discussed the background and specific issues with Ms Morgan, who agreed to go back to the Assembly to take the matter up. Local politicians of all parties have given the campaign their support.
After the meeting Mr Barnes added “ Reopening the station will provide a lifeline to residents and small businesses in Carno and, with no bus service in the evening, young people without cars are unable to get to town.”
Transport Minister Edwina Hart has confirmed Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail have broadly agreed with an independent report recommending opening a station at Carno in Powys. The BBC have done a News report along with a short video interviewing Jeremy Barnes, Clem Richards, and Russell George AM. Click HERE to see the full article on the BBC news website.
Following discussions with the Minister, Edwina Hart, and senior officials at the Welsh Assembly Government, Carno Station Action Group has been asked to carry out a local consultation later this month over the options for siting the proposed station in Carno. Jeremy Barnes, chairman of the group, said “We are delighted that the Welsh Assembly Government has asked us to carry out this consultation – another step forward in our campaign.”
Mr Barnes went on to say “We aim to knock on every door in the village and to contact residents living in outlying houses.” A consultation document has been prepared setting out the options for a new platform and shelter at the former station site and a new site at the other end of the village.
Members of the group are currently in detailed discussions with officials over the costs and benefits of the station. They point to the contrast between the number of stations opened in South Wales in recent years and the absence of new stations in Mid Wales. The proposal for a station in Carno continues to receive support from Assembly Members of all parties.