Traws Link Cymru is seeking members to form a northern group to press for the reopening of the railway line between Bangor and Afon Wen, near Porthmadog.
The line from Afon Wen to Bangor closed to passengers in 1964 and had stations at Chwilog, Llangybi, Ynys, Bryncir, Penygroes, Groeslon, Llanwnda, Dinas, Caernarfon, Dinorwig, Treborth, and Menai Bridge.
Traws Link Cymru believes that reopening the line would be a cheaper investment and a more sustainable alternative to the Bontnewydd bypass. Even though some development has taken place on the line, it is entirely possible for the railway to be reinstated.
A spokesperson for Traws Link Cymru said, “We very much see the reopening of the line that ran from Bangor to Porthmadog until the 1960s as part of the grand vision of reconnecting north and south Wales by train. Until now, we have focused our energies on the reopening the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen line, but reopening both would provide a north-south link within Wales and connect all eight university towns and cities in the country by rail.
“We have run a very successful campaign so far from Lampeter, Ceredigion and have secured a scoping study from the last Welsh Government which concluded that very little stands in the way of reopening the Aberystwyth-Carmarthen line with 97% of the trackbed clear with an estimated reopening cost of £505-750m. This compares very favourably with the much higher costs of building new roads. We are now well on our way to ensuring a full feasibility study.
“Despite being neighbouring counties, the distance between Ceredigion, where we hold our meetings, and Gwynedd is too vast to hold regular meetings about the Bangor-Porthmadog line. We are therefore very keen for people in north Wales to get involved with the campaign by forming a second group. If you are interested, please contact us by e-mailing email@example.com or call 01570 218 036.”
Traws Link Cymru was set up in October 2013 in Lampeter and is campaigning for the reinstatement of the Aberystwyth-Carmarthen and Bangor-Afon Wen railways which were closed to passengers in the 1960s. The campaign has gone from strength to strength and has attracted 15,000 signatures as well as the support of 32 AMs, 3 MPs, 47 town and community councils, universities, health boards and both Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion county councils. The group has held successful public meetings in Lampeter, Tregaron, Llanybydder, Llandysul, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen.