Member of the Welsh Parliament for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, has written to Herefordshire Council supporting a bid being made by the council to the Department for Transport for the reopening of Pontrilas Railway Station.
The bid will be made to the Restoring Your Railway Fund this November, and supports the council’s aim to decarbonise the transport system and improve accessibility in rural areas.
Speaking about the project today Nick said: “ I was pleased to be able to support this bid which I hope will be successful. Constituents have raised this issue with me a number of times over the years and I know that the Welsh Government is supportive although funding and delivery would be the responsibility of the UK Government as Pontrilas is in England.”
Nick added: “ Re-opening the railway station at Pontrilas, which has been closed for more than fifty years, can only bring benefits in my view. It would certainly be very helpful for tourism and would help reduce parking congestion at Abergavenny Station as well as helping to reduce traffic on the neighbouring A465. There could also be benefits for local business, so it’s a great idea at every level. My letter of support for the bid will hopefully go a little way to help secure the funding the project requires. I wish Herefordshire Council every success.”