Milestones

Important Milestones in the

Traws Link Cymru

Campaign

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October 2013

Formation

Traws Link Cymru formed in Lampeter, Ceredigion

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March 2014

Debate

Debate in the Senedd in Cardiff; cross-party support for the campaign

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June 2014

Support

Meeting with, and support from, Network Rail, Cardiff

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November 2014

Policy

Adopted as official party policy by the Welsh Liberal Democrats

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November 2014

Support

Motion of support from Carmarthenshire County Council

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January 2015

Support

Motion of support from Ceredigion County Council

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February 2015

Meeting

Meeting with Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales. L to R: Adrian Kendon and Mike Walker (TLC), Mark Williams MP Ceredigion), Stephen Crabb, Flora McNerney (TLC), London.

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May 2015

Meeting

Meeting between TLC and Welsh Government Officials, Cardiff. L to R. Gareth Roberts, Geraint Blayney, Flora McNerney, Mike Walker and Nigel Bird (TLC); James Price (Director General, Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Government and two Government Officials, Cardiff.

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June 2015

Funding

£30,000 allocated by the Welsh Government for a Scoping Study into the reopening of the line

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July 2015

AECOM

First meeting between TLC and the consultants AECOM, Cardiff

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December 2015

Scoping Study

Scoping Study published

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February 2016

Meeting

Meeting to evaluate Scoping Study: representatives from the Welsh Government, Carmarthenshire County Council; Ceredigion County Council, AECOM, Arriva Trains Wales, Network Rail, GWR and TLC, Aberystwyth

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April 2016

Support

Support for a Full Feasibility Study in Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrat and Green Party manifestos for the Welsh Assembly elections

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April 2016

Meeting

Meeting with Leanne Wood, Leader Plaid Cymru. L. to R. Ellen ap Gwynn, Chair Ceredigion CC, Geraint Blayney, Mike Walker, Flora McNerney (TLC), Elin Jones AM, Leanne Wood, Adrian Kendon, Dylan Wilson-Lewis (TLC).

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April 2016

Meeting

Meeting with Tim Farron, Leader Liberal Democrats, Elizabeth Evans,prospective AM for Ceredigion, John Lewis and Dylan Wilson-Lewis (TLC), Aberystwyth

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October 2016

Funding

Welsh Government announces funding of £300k for a full Feasibility study into the reopening of the line. Contract awarded to Mott MacDonald

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February 2017

Meeting

Meeting with Guto Bebb MP, Under-Secretary for Transport, London. L to R. Mark Williams MP, Ceredigion, Guto Bebb, Mike Walker, Adrian Kendon and Gareth Roberts (TLC)

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February 2017

Meeting

Meeting at the Senedd between Traws Link Cymru and Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport. Gareth Roberts, Dylan Wilson-Lewis (TLC), Elin Jones AM and Presiding Officer, Adrian Kendon (TLC)

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July 2018

Meeting

Meeting between TLC, Mott MacDonald and Transport for Wales to discuss the Feasibility Study

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September 2018

Publication

Publication of the Feasibility Study

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February 2019

Meeting

Meetings between TLC and Plaid Cymru, Lampeter. Left: Ben Lake MP, Jonathan Edwards, MP, Mike Walker, Dylan Wilson-Lewis (TLC) Elin Jones MS, Senedd Presiding Officer, Adam Price MS, Leader Plaid Cymru. Right: Mike Walker, Elin Jones MS, Ben Lake MP, John Lewis, Geraint Blayney, Dylan Wilson-Lewis (TLC)

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February 2019

Debate

Debate in Westminster Hall on the reopening of the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen railway convened by Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr attracted strong cross-party support

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September 2019

Presentation

Presentation by TLC at Plaid Cymru Annual Conference, Swansea. Mike Walker TLC), Elin Jones MS, Ben Lake MP, Geraint Blayney (TLC)

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September 2020

Publication

Publication by TLC of ‘A New Strategic Rail Corridor for West Wales’.

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October 2020

Publication

‘A New Strategic Rail Corridor for West Wales’ uploaded onto the Welsh Government Department for Transport and Economy website.

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March 2021

Website

Launch of the new Traws Link Cymru website.

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July 2021

Meeting with Jane Dodds (MS)

 Meeting in Aberystwyth between Traws Link Cymru and Jane Dodds, Regional MS for Mid- and West Wales. From left to right: Jane Dodds; Adrian Kendon (TLC), Mike Walker (TLC) and Dylan Wilson-Lewis (TLC)