“The Case for Re-opening Carno Station” is a four page document which looks at:
- the Benefits of a station and how it fits in with the Wales Spatial Plan
- the History of the Campaign
- the Implications for Carno of the Proposed Cambrian Line Hourly Service
- Station Costs
The conclusions are as follows:
- A re-opened Carno station would be a major benefit for a large, relatively remote village, which has seen and will continue to see significant population growth.
- The station would facilitate commuting to jobs further afield, including the new Welsh Assembly Government jobs in Aberystwyth, following the Laura Ashley factory closure.
- The station would promote social inclusion, by providing transport for the old, the young and others without their own car. This would reduce the need for “chauffeuring”.
- The station would encourage green tourism and expanded use of the community centre as a conference centre.
- The station would provide crucial environmental benefits by reducing car journeys for work, shopping and leisure purposes.
- There would be spin-off benefits from reduced congestion in Newtown.
- Re-opening of the station would be fully consistent with the Wales Spatial Plan
- The envisaged implementation of infrastructure improvements for the hourly service in conjunction with the installation of the ERTMS signalling system provides a vital opportunity to establish a passing loop at Carno in 2008. This in turn would enable trains to stop at a re-opened Carno station without imposing any time delay on the train service.