Dear Dr. Beeching,
It is with disappointment that we heard in the local Community Council meeting your proposal to close the railway between Ruabon and Barmouth, which runs through our village. A large percentage of the residents of our village depend on the railway for their livelihood. Closing 338 stations will be the end of our rural communities in Wales. The station here is an important commercial Centre for the distribution of coal, animal foodstuffs, household goods and hardware. Also, the train delivers the Royal Mail to the Post Office every day. It is a vital link of our economy. In fact, there are five members of one family working for the GWR in one capacity or another. The Station Master also lives in the village. The railway is a vital source of work to our young men and there are no other prospects of securing other jobs locally. Your decision does not make any economic sense.
In our MP’s election campaign recently, he assured the community that the railway would remain open for future generations. Obviously, this is not the case, and they were nothing but empty promises to gain votes. We would welcome an opportunity of a face to face meeting for you to see for yourself the negative effects of your proposed decision to close the line.
We therefore ask you to reconsider as we as a community parish disagree fiercely with your ill thought out proposals.
Arthur Edwards, Parish Council Clark, Llanuwchllyn.