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More than half a million flocked to Welsh seasides by train this summer

03 Oct 2023 2 minute read
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More than half a million people flocked to the seaside by train across Wales this summer according to new figures released this week.

Barmouth, Barry Island, Tenby and Llandudno all saw a significant rise in customers traveling on Transport for Wales (TfW) services in July and August, despite the changeable conditions.

Llandudno was the top single destination for the summer with 65,046 people visiting the town.

This summer, the Cambrian Coast line saw the return of four-carriage for the first time in six-years thanks to a collaboration between TfW and Network Rail.

As a result, the Cambrian Coast saw a 16% rise in journeys with 106,000 people traveling to key destinations on the line, up from 90,000 last summer.

Pwllheli at the north end of the Cambrian line saw a huge 63% rise in customers while Flint on the North Wales Coast saw a 58% rise against summer 2022.

Network Rail’s Performance and transformation director for Wales Gwyn Rees is a Director of the Cambrian Local Railway Partnership.

Beauty spots

He said: “Wales is blessed with some of the best seaside and coastal destinations in the world so it’s great to see people jumping on the train to take advantage of that.

“On the Cambrian line we worked hard to ensure four carriage trains could run up the coast where we know people want to be traveling.”

Barmouth saw a rise from 30,786 in summer 2022 to 34,452 this summer, while Aberystwyth welcomed 36,121 compared to 32,857 the previous year.

Down in south Wales, Barry Island saw 57,015 travel in by train and Tenby welcomed 19,809.

Transport for Wales Planning and Performance Director Colin Lea said: “As a rail operator we play a massive part in getting people off for their holidays and days out. We know that being able to run good, reliable services to these key destinations is vital for the growth of those local economies.

“On the Cambrian line we have some breathtakingly beautiful spots and the four-car operation has allowed more people to take full advantage of those.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

Next summer those who leave the car behind will be much safer as pedestrians in our resorts thanks to the 20mph rule…

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Difficult to reach 20 mph in our area because of a) heavy traffic congestion and b) haphazard parking habits at certain pinch points and c) people wandering along in the middle of the road like it’s a wide pathway !

Philip Steele
Philip Steele
6 months ago

TfW’s services Bangor to Cardiff, Bangor to Chester have been appalling in the last year or two . I was on a train so packed with holidaymakers bound for Llandudno, Rhyl etc,& Manchester Airport that the guard announced over the PA that the TfW management was appalling and the service could no longer be called a service.Trains from Cardiff to Holyhead are regularly cancelled or curtailed at the last moment and turn up with only 2 carriages. People sit on the floors or stand for hours on end. On one train 3 people were camped in the toilet! There is… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Philip Steele

State owned could be better but I worry that in our country it would just give us an alternative experience of bungling incompetence. Having failed in private hands it’s worth sending back into State ownership on experimental grounds alone but I fear the outcome would not be that rewarding.

Alan Murray
Alan Murray
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Come to Northern Ireland to see what state-owned public transport could do for Wales. Our trains are clean, regular and punctual. Our buses much the same.

Richard E
Richard E
6 months ago

Most of coastal northern Wales has see a big increase in Visitors which is generally good – and less of the holiday makers set associated with bad publicity on and around Eryri . There is certainly a greater understanding and sensitivity to “ local “ and environmental needs and indeed I have witnessed several instances of annoyance and even hostility to those of there fellow countrymen who view the work “ Park “ as an invitation to speed and leave litter where they wish. One man who I observed in a Betws y coed cafe remonstrated openly with some folk… Read more »

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