Area: Shropshire, Wales
Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Association (SARPA) is the local rail users' group for the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line running from the English border through Montgomeryshire to the coast of North Ceredigion and ending up in the increasingly important university (and Assembly administration) town of Aberystwyth.
We exist to preserve and promote the line so that there is a more sustainable transport for future generations.
SARPA is one of the more active rail user groups in Wales and meets monthly. We are continually campaigning on various issues from train times and frequency to station maintenance and welcome any comments anybody has about the rail service in Mid Wales.
May 2010: Read SARPA's latest newsletter (PDF, 1.4mb).
29 March 2010: Official usage figures for the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line confirm the need for investment, says SARPA in this press release (PDF, 50K).
1 March 2010: SARPA responds to rejection of through trains (pdf 14K) from Aberystwyth to London by the Office of Rail Regulator.
February 2010: The latest newsletter contains an engaging message from the chairman: 'Why should Rail User Groups like SARPA be listened too? Far from being a collection of mere rail enthusiasts wanting to create a vision that’s inappropriate for a gently declining Victorian mode of transport we’re actually the people that have the got the big issues right over the last 20 years. Not just a boast - there’s a growing mountain of evidence that shows this. We were the ones that said rail had a future as an expanding mode and that rail was relevant to the 21st Century'. Read more in the latest SARPA newsletter (PDF 365kb) .
November 2009: The SARPA newsletter (PDF 1mb)
September 2009: SARPA welcomes Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment to hourly service on Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line (SARPA press release, PDF, 14K)
August 2009: Read the latest newsletter (PDF 800K). Top story: Network Rail, London Midland and Telford and Wrekin Council are all contributing to an £800,000 refurbishment of Telford station
June 2009: SARPA warns that a Newtown bypass will not bring the magic results its proponents hope for (SARPA press release, PDF, 56K)
April 2009: Read our latest newsletter (PDF, 497K)
June 2008: Mid Wales rail users welcome rail improvements in South Wales but question process (SARPA press release, PDF, 11K).
March 2008: SARPA is campaigning for an hourly service on the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line: