- Visit Wales have chosen their themed year for 2018 to be the Year of the Sea, so what better time to do it.
- Wednesday 16th May is ACorP Community Rail in the City
- 12th to 20th May is Wales Tourism Week, and the theme this year is â€˜Collaborating to Competeâ€™ which aims to highlight the power of partnerships across the industry.
Star of the show is a Welsh beach beside a small seaside narrow gauge railway station. In the background, an Arriva Trains Wales service crosses the iconic Barmouth Bridge with views up the Mawddach estuary towards Cader Idris. The Fairbourne Railway is truly a â€˜Seaside Railwayâ€™ running out from the little village of Fairbourne, along the sand dunes to Barmouth Ferry Station on the edge of the estuary â€“ and this is the view! If the beaches of Cardigan Bay are spectacular, then the views from them looking inland are breath taking.
A through service, operated by Arriva Trains Wales, runs from Birmingham New Street into the heart of Mid Wales and on to Machynlleth where it splits; taking the southern side of the Dovey estuary to Aberystwyth or turning north towards Pwllheli, hugging the coast all the way. No less than seven of the eleven Great Little Trains of Wales are within easy reach of stations along this line, called the Cambrian Line â€“ and what better way to arrive than by rail? For example, alight at Fairbourne station and the little train awaits you, its crew eagerly watching for potential travellers. So what better way of promoting the Cambrian Line and the Mid Wales coast than by bringing the seaside and its train right to the heart of the newly refurbished Birmingham New Street station.
Melanie Lawton, the Conwy Valley Railway Community Rail Officer attended the event and featured in the news video said â€œPassengers travelling from Birmingham Newstreet have a direct train to the North Wales Coast, taking you from the City to the Seaside within 2 hours, it has been a wonderful opportunity to promote North Wales and the Conwy Valley Railway in the Cityâ€�
We are delighted that this event is part financed by a grant from Visit Wales to encourage and enhance the visitor experience to Wales.