As a lecturer involved in recruiting students onto courses at Aberystwyth University the importance of the railway line is pretty obvious when looking at the origin of applying students. The University is most successful, with the exception of Carmarthenshire, when there is direct railway access to Aberystwyth. I can also only 'welcome' the news that the Aberystwyth link to London "may" be restored but I would go further and demand its reinstatement. Access to services be they on a national or international level is a fundamental right in western society, access is one thing, whether you choose to use them is another, and you may choose not do do so on principle. That is another fundemental right. However we need to be a bit more forceful in the way we demand these services.
I have had a look for this consultation document as I would like to respond but it hasn't appeared on the web as yet. If a proper public consultation is required then Arriva should publicise its location and full content. Since the Liberal Democrats know about it and monitor my blog - Mark (Williams or Cole) can you please send me a copy or an URL. Thank you.