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Posted 5 Feb 2017:

New Heart of Wales Walking Trail (Update)

   

Posted 3 Feb 2017:

Engineering Works for February

   

Posted 17 May 2016:

Free Travel with a Welsh Bus Pass

   

Posted 17 May 2016:

Paul Merton's Secret Stations

   

Posted 20 Nov 2015:

Mid Wales by Bus and Train

   

Posted 4 Aug 2015:

Unlocking Mid Wales Report

   

Posted 2 Jun 2015:

Heart of Wales Line on BBC Radio Wales

   

Posted 10 May 2015:

New Enhanced Service & Timetables!

   

Posted 27 Apr 2015:

Unlocking Enterprise and Creativity!

   

Posted 9 Mar 2015:

The Community Rail Partnership Report for 2014-15

   

Posted 23 Jan 2015:

The Heart of Wales Line on BBC2

   

Posted 28 Jan 2014:

Nectar Tree Planting at Dolau Station

   

Posted 24 Jun 2013:

Loughor Railway Viaduct Project

   

Posted 24 Jan 2013:

Day Tripping in the Snow

   

Posted 20 Nov 2011:

Explore Mid Wales by Electric Car

   

Posted 4 Nov 2010:

Passing Loop Special

   

Posted 18 May 2010:

David Edwards on Llanelli Hospital Radio

   

Posted 18 May 2010:

Rise in Near Miss Statistics at Level Crossings

   

Posted 23 Mar 2010:

Tornado in Swansea

   

Posted 7 May 2009:

The ‘Calon Cymru’ Project

   
   
   
       
       
     
 
 

New Heart of Wales Walking Trail (Update)

Those who enjoy a nice walk will be excited to hear that work is progressing on the fantastic walking trail that will traverse the Heart of Wales Line, providing the flexibility of using the train to access various segments of the walk!

A study has now been carried out by Prof Les Lumsdon and Alison Caffyn with voluntary help from local walking groups, on behalf of the Heart of Wales Line Enterprise Network.

It outlines the plan for a new trail between Craven Arms and Llanelli passing through a diverse range of landscapes but with sections suitable for walkers of all abilities.

For more information click here.

Posted 5 Feb 2017.

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Engineering Works for February 2017

There will be no major engineering work taking place during February 2017 on the Heart of Wales Line.

However, there will be work taking place on other lines detailed in the downloadable PDF file which, if you are travelling on lines other than Heart of Wales Line, may effect journey times.

Further detail are available from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50. Alternatively use the Journey Planner.

Posted 3 Feb 2017.

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Engineering Works Leaflet
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Click here to download the engineering works leaflet for February 2017.

 
     
 
 

Free Travel with a Welsh Bus Pass

The good news for any holders of a Welsh bus pass that the popular offer of free travel returns from 1 Oct 2016 until 31 Mar 2017!

Posted 17 May 2016.

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Paul Merton's Secret Stations

The Heart of Wales Line features in Paul Merton's Secret Stations during which the comedian tours many of Britain's request stops and meeting the people who use them.

Episode 2, during which Paul visited Pontarddulais, is available until mid-June via the Channel 4 website.

Posted 17 May 2016.

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Paul Merton's Secret Stations

 

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Mid Wales by Bus and Train

A new leaflet now shows you how you can get a taste of mid Wales by using the T4 bus, the Heart of Wales Line and main line trains.

There’s also a slection of one day itineraries to give you a flavour of the towns along the route or if you have more time and would prefer to take things at a slower pace, why not break your journey with a stop over in Brecon or Llandrindod Wells.

 

 

Posted 20 Nov 2015.

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T4 Bus Leaflet
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Unlocking Mid Wales Report

We are pleased to announce that you can now download our report on how making better use of the Heart of Wales Line will help the regeneration of Mid Wales Society and the Rural Economy.

 

 

Posted 4 Aug 2015.

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Heart of Wales Community Rail Partnership Report for 2014-15
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Heart of Wales Line on BBC Radio Wales

Listen to Roy Noble on BBC Radio Wales finding out all about the Heart of Wales Line by talking to our publicity officer, David Edwards.

You can download the 11 min clip by clicking on the link in the right column.

Posted 2 Jun 2015.

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New Enhanced Service & Timetables!

The new timetable on the Heart of Wales Line starts from 16 May! It provides many different journey opportunities Monday to Friday, including morning commuting service to Swansea or Shrewsbury, some through trains to Cardiff and Crewe, and more conveniently timed trains for visits to mid-Wales. Note that the Saturday and Sunday train timetables remain unchanged.

Please see the timetables page for details.

Posted 10 May 2015.

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Heart of Wales Timetables
 
 
     
 
 

Unlocking Enterprise and Creativity in Mid & SW Wales

This recently prepared paper by Prof. Paul Salveson outlines how the Heart of Wales Line should become the catalyst for sustainable development in Mid-Wales, bringing in wider social, economic and environmental benefits whilst respecting and celebrating the distinctiveness of the area.

Posted 27 April 2015.

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The Community Rail Partnership Report for 2014-15

We are pleased to announce that you can now download a bilingual (English/Cymraeg) PDF copy of the Community Rail Partnership Report for 2014-15.

The report includes:

  • Introduction to the line
  • The results from our 2013 Passenger Survey
  • News about the enhanced service for 2015
  • The vision for the 120-mile Station Garden
  • How you can get involved!

Posted 9 Mar 2015.

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Heart of Wales Community Rail Partnership Report for 2014-15
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Click here to download the Heart of Wales Community Rail Partnership Report for 2014-15.

 
     
 
 

The Heart of Wales Line on BBC2

Great British Railway Journeys on BBC2 in January saw Michael Portillo continue his journey from Pembroke Dock to Cambridge. In this episode, he rode in the driver's cab on the Heart of Wales Line from Llandeilo on his way to Hereford.

Posted 23 Jan 2015.

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Michael Portillo on the Heart of Wales Line

 

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Nectar tree planting at Dolau Station

Members of Dolau Station Action Group have recently planted ten flowering fruit trees at Dolau Station to provide a valuable nectar source for bees and other pollinating insects. The trees include various varieties of Prunus and Malus which will provide a spectacular display of blossom in the spring. The trees were provided by Powys County Council under the Powys Community Nectar Tree Scheme which aims to support local communities that want to enhance their open spaces.

We depend on insects for the flowers in our countryside and gardens and their contribution to the UK’s crop market runs into hundreds of millions of pounds. In Wales, important pollinators include the familiar honeybee as well as wild bumblebees, solitary bees, parasitic wasps, hoverflies, butterflies, moths and even some beetles but sadly honeybees and many species of bumblebees, solitary bees, butterflies and moths are known to be declining.
Several reasons for this decline have been highlighted including a loss of pollinator friendly plants. Under the Powys Community Nectar Tree Scheme Dolau Station Action Group has been able to provide an attractive enhancement to the community planting area and also help to address the issue of loss of pollinator friendly plants in the countryside.

Posted 28 Jan 14.

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Heart of Wales train at Llanwrtyd in snow


Dolau Station Action Group planting flowering fruit trees.

 

 
     
 
 

Loughor Railway Viaduct Project

Network Rail is close to completing the £48m project to replace the Loughor railway viaduct between Swansea and Llanelli, with a new structure and redoubling of 5 miles of single track line through Gowerton.

The new viaduct will carry the railway Line across the River Loughor, which sits adjacent to the Loughor road bridge.

Posted 24 Jun 2013.

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Loughor Railway Viaduct


The new Loughor Railway Viaduct under construction between Swansea and Llanelli.

 
 
     
 
 

Day Tripping in the Snow

Regular Heart of Wales Line traveller Paul Crook of Gorseinon has taken some fabulous photos from a trip taken in the recent snow.

You can see Paul's photos, and stories of other passengers' trips on the line on the Your Trips page.

Posted 24 Jan 2013.

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Heart of Wales train at Llanwrtyd in snow


The Hear of Wales Line train at a snowy Llanwrtyd Station.

 
 
     
 
 

Explore Mid Wales by Electric Car

A group of 3 mid Wales hotels are now offering a fantastic 6 days package that gives visitors the opportunity to expore mid Wales by electric car (options range from a modest electric bike to a Tesla supercar!)

  • The Lasswade Hotel (Llanwrtyd Wells)
  • Old Vicarage Dolfor (nr Newtown)
  • Westview (Llowes near Hay on Wye)

Visitors arrive at Llanwrtyd by Heart of Wales train and starts the holiday at the Lasswade hotel 3
minutes up the road.

Included in the 6 days is use of an electric car with sufficent range to tour mid wales. 2 nights each at the 2 other hotels are included, and the final night is at the Lasswade, allowing a return by train. There are newly installed charging points at each hotel.

For more information visit WelshRoadTrips.com

Posted 20 Nov 2011.

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Passing Loop Special

An extra train ran down the Heart of Wales Line on Friday (Oct 15th) to celebrate the completion of a much needed track renewal project by Network Rail (NR). It carried members of the NR team responsible for designing and delivering the project, as well as representatives of Arriva Trains Wales and the Heart of Wales Line Travellers Association.

All five ‘passing loops’ on the route between Craven Arms and Llanelli have been fitted with modern power operated points and safety equipment at a total cost of over £4m.

The extra train was also special because it is the first of Arriva’s Class 153 units to have been completely refurbished and given a new interior.

At each town, there was a welcoming committee led by the town Mayor. ‘I’ve never seen so much gold chain in one day’ joked David Edwards, Development Officer of the Heart of Wales Line Forum, one of the event organisers.

The train was welcomed by Kirsty Williams AM and Roger Williams MP together with over 50 pupils of Ysgol Dolafon, each of whom was given a special souvenir ticket.

As well as receiving Mayoral greetings, those attending each reception heard from Mark Langman, NR General Manager for Wales. He emphasised NR’s commitment to the upkeep of the line. ‘This newly installed equipment will help keep the route operational for many years’ he said.

Posted 4 Nov 2010.

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The special train at Llandrindod Wells: L to R Cllr Price, Kirsty Williams AM, Mark Langman, NR.


The special train at Llandrindod Wells: L to R Cllr Price, Kirsty Williams AM, Mark Langman, NR.

 
The train leaving Llanwrtyd, showing the driver waving to pupils from Ysgol Dolafon. 


The train leaving Llanwrtyd, showing the driver waving to pupils from Ysgol Dolafon. 

 
Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wynn Jones AM travels on the line.


Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wynn Jones AM travels on the line.  

 
     
 
 

David Edwards on Llanelli Hospital Radio

David Edwards, the Heart of Wales Line publicity officer recently appeared on Llanelli Hospital Radio. You can hear extracts from the show, travelling along the Heart of Wales Line to Llanwrtyd Wells, by clicking on the links below.

Part 1 - The Journey Begins (mp3 3MB)
Part 2 - The People We Meet
(mp3 4MB)
Part 3 - North of Llandeilo (mp3 3MB)
Part 4 - Arriving at Llandovery (mp3 6MB)
Part 5 - Llanwrtyd Food Festival (mp3 4MB)

Posted 18 May 2010.

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Rise in Near Miss Statistics at Level Crossings

Figures released by RSSB show that incidents of misuse of Level Crossings are on the increase across the UK.

In response to this a selection of videos have been released highlighting the need for users to take care when approaching a level crossing either in a car on on foot. It is disturbing to think how close some people came to becoming part of these alarming statistics.

Click on a link below to download the footage.

Video 1 (Flash Video File - 12MB)
Video 2 (Flash Video File - 12MB)
Video 3 (Flash Video File - 7MB)
Video 4 (Flash Video File - 1MB)

Posted 18 May 2010.

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Tornado in Swansea

The 60163 Tornado worked into Swansea on a St.David`s Day special from London and was met by a huge crowd of adoring fans.

The Tornado is the first steam locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star in 1960! The project was carried out by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust using original plans from an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 class but modified to meet modern safety and certification standards.

Posted 23 Mar 2010.

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Imge of the Tornado


The Tornado - the first steam locomotive built in the United Kingdom since 1960.

 
     
 
 

The ‘Calon Cymru’ Project

A small, informal group of professional planners and architects is developing a radical strategy to regenerate the landscape corridor through which the Heart of Wales railway line runs between Swansea / Llanelli and Shrewsbury. Members of the group are all experienced in dealing with the social and economic problems of deeply rural areas,

Their plan is to bolster the population by expanding existing settlements and by creating new villages at intervals along the line. All will be contained within a continuous linear forest of native broadleaf trees, interspersed with large glades for sustainable market gardens.

The new homes, built to zero-carbon standards, are to be developed through Community Land Trusts in order to control land prices and achieve genuine affordability. The forest and horticultural lands will be used for food, fuel and the production of building materials. This will facilitate local self sufficiency, provide a wide range of training opportunities and create a stable employment base for local people.  

The increased and balanced population, and the economic activity in the communities linked by the line, will form a backbone that generates increased demand for the railway service and tourism in central Wales. It will at the same time recognise that the quality of the existing landscape and its wildlife are its greatest assets, which must not be compromised.

Posted 7 May 2009.

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