Ceredigion County Council is a partner in the Cambrian Railways Partnership, a group comprising Ceredigion, Powys, Gwynedd and Shropshire Councils and Arriva Trains Wales.

This Partnership covers the Cambrian Lines: the Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth line and then Machynlleth to Pwllheli line, with the Aberystwyth and Borth stations in Ceredigion.

Ceredigion is also home to the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway. Formerly the last steam railway owned by British Rail, it continues to run as a tourist railway. The line runs from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, a journey lasting approximately one hour in each direction.

Stations

There are two main railway stations operating in Ceredigion:


Aberystwyth - Station Yard, Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1LH
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Ticket office open:

  • Mon - Fri: 07:10 - 17:40
  • Sat: 07:15 - 17:40
  • Sunday: Closed

Borth - Cambrian Terrace, Borth, Ceredigion SY24 5HT
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Ticket office open:

  • Unstaffed

Aberystwyth station also allows passengers to interchange and make further journeys using the TrawsCymru bus network. For more information, please see the TrawsCymru website.

In addition, Machynlleth Railway Station, across the border in Powys, is another important transport hub for Ceredigion residents travelling east along the Cambrian Main Line and north along the Cambrian Coast.


Machynlleth - Heol y Doll, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BL

Ticket office open:

  • Monday - Saturday: 05:15 - 18:15
  • Sunday: 08:30 - 17:30

Trains travelling from the Birmingham direction usually divide into two services upon reaching Machynlleth, with a portion of the carriages destined for Aberystwyth and a portion destined for the Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli.

Passengers should seek advice from station staff or the train crew as to which carriage they should travel in.

Further Information

Through Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru, the local authority Regional Transport Partnership for Mid Wales and representation on the Cambrian Railways Partnership and other bodies, Ceredigion County Council seeks to work with rail industry partners to:

  • Improve the quality, reliability and frequency of rail passenger services to and from Ceredigion and Mid Wales;
  • Improve the safety, capacity and future resilience of rail infrastructure within and serving Mid Wales;
  • Improve the accessibility of rail passenger services and facilities to all of the community;
  • Improve interchange opportunities between rail and other modes of transport and travel - such as walking, cycling, buses, community transport and private cars
  • Explore and support economically viable opportunities to transfer goods from road to rail.

For more information visit the TraCC website.

Under the Railways Act (2005) and Transport Wales Act (2006), the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Assembly Government have certain powers and responsibilities for planning and providing support for rail services in Wales. Current policies and proposals are set out in the Wales Transport Strategy (2008) and National Transport Plan (2009). More information can be found here.

Railcard Reimbursement

  • The railcard reimbursement scheme will end on the 31 March 2016
  • Reimbursement applications received for railcards purchased or renewed up until and on 31 March 2016 will be paid
  • No reimbursements will be paid for railcards purchased or renewed on or after the 1 April 2016