Thanks for posting that Matt. If that were describing a line in England, I could honestly make a better case for half a dozen 'big railway' schemes no-one has yet mentioned on this thread! There's little doubt if TrawsLink does go ahead, it'll be on "social" grounds. Even with just one string to it's bow, it could still reach the feasibility stage, but unless I've seriously misunderstood the illustration of catchments, there's not a single centre between the two ends which warrants the expenditure, with a total absence of any freight business, plus potentially turning a successful tourist line (which probably carries more already than the reinstated line could dream of) into toast! I could see a case for Bangor to Afon Wen as the roads can have capacity issues at peak times. Why wasn't the more viable northern section 'Stage One'? Is there a better case for the line from Cardiff, via Brecon to Welshpool and Oswestry? I'd have thought so. For one thing, there are larger centres of population in any one of five towns than in the whole wider Carmarthen - Aberystwyth catchment. Then, as the connection will point the right way, there's potential for containerised freight (and possibly bulk steel). That's not just more freight by rail, but less by articulated lorries. It could bode well for the commercial ports of South Wales as well. If I were a devolved administration, with 95% of my electorate indifferent to anything other than the size of the bill for the southern section of TrawsLink, I'd at least want to see some projections for a potentially far more useful north - south rail link which could just as easily be wrapped in the Red Dragon and sold to the public ..... wouldn't you? Just one final thought. If existing traffic warranted it, wouldn't an express bus service between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth (with just one stop at Lampeter) already be running? Even if it were just MFO morning and evening rush?