The simple answer is yes... As I understand it, one of the drivers for the PBSSR was to provide a route for a powerline from the generating station near Beddgelert to customers in Porthmadog/Criccieth. But they could never really raise the money - never mind for the wider schemes. With respect to the later WHR, I feel the thinking was something along the lines of providing the transport link that would stimulate the economy of a poorly developed area, generating the traffic to make it a viable concern. Hence why the local authorities of the time got involved, borrowing money to make it happen. But it was never enough to do a proper job, meaning the service was poor - just as road competition really got going. The end result was fairly inevitable.