Fresh support for calls to reopen town's rail station
CALLS to reopen the railway station at St Clears have gained fresh political backing.
The town lost its station in June 1964 as part of the rail rationalisation programme.
Calls for its reopening have been made by the local railway committee for more than 20 years.
The town council has also been backing calls to reopen the station, which it is hoped would serve as a hub for up to 10,000 people from the area.
Back in 2009, members of the town council raised the issue.
St Clears councillor Tom Brown said: "Everybody knows St Clears is right in the middle of a tourist area. If they can't stop in St Clears, then St Clears is missing out.
"It's imperative that this station reopens. Once that happens things can move forward."
The calls were also backed by a then-15-year-old GCSE student who set up a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the station to be reopened.
That electronic campaign attracted hundreds of supporters, with more than 600 signed up in the first 10 days.
The creator of the Facebook campaign, St Clears student Lloyd Rees said: "I think everyone in St Clears needs to get together and petition publicly for it. I've never done anything with the council, but I want to help them."
The calls have now been backed by Mid and West Wales Assembly Member William Powell, who has called on the Welsh Government to investigate funding sources from the European Union to support projects like the reopening of St Clears' station.
He said: "European Union funds play a vital role in the West Wales economy, and I have called on the Minister for Local Government and Communities to proactively seek out funding opportunities for key rural regeneration projects such as the reopening of railway stations across rural Wales.
"Projects like St Clears, have the potential to provide a massive positive impact on their surrounding communities. Not only can they reduce the stress and pressures of commuting, but they are able to stimulate much-needed rural regeneration."