27 FEB 2014

TRAIN STATION STATISTICS BRING SURPRISING RESULTS DOWN THE LINE

Tenby is South Pembrokeshire's busiest train station .

More than 2,000 people a week pass through the station doors in Tenby with 108,878 "entrances and exits" recorded last year.

Simon Hart MP says that the figure proves just how vital the facility is to the town.

"These official figures by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) came as a bit of a surprise, despite a drop of nearly 4,000 users between 2011 to 2013, Tenby is still very well used."

The figures also showed that Whitland Station is used by 1,000 travellers a week.

The station building has stood empty for more than a decade and was slowly rotting away, creating an ugly gateway to the town.

Now Network Rail is transforming it into a Regional Maintenance Hub which will see approximately 20 people working from offices in the building. Mr Hart is pictured being given a tour of the refurbishment works last week.

"I am delighted that the years of campaigning done by the traders, councillors and myself has at last paid off and this station is being brought back into use," said Mr Hart.

"Although the new building won't be open to the public, it will look smart and it will be great for the town to have extra workers there 24 hours every day using the shops and cafes.

"The next step is to ask Arriva Trains to install a ticket machine to make it easier for people to start their journeys from Whitland."

The least used station in South Pembrokeshire was Lamphey with just 3,812 entrances and exits followed by Penally with 5,136.

However Kilgetty also got a special mention by the ORR for being surprisingly well-used.

It had 17,624 travellers arriving or departing from it last year and the ORR notes that "it continues its high growth from previous years."

"Kilgetty station is conveniently located right in the middle of town, unlike say Saundersfoot which had ten thousand fewer visits than Kilgetty last year

"Overall I think these figures provide a fascinating snapshot of how we use our stations and prove just how vital they are in rural areas."

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