Cardiff – The Distant Capital.

26 03 2007

Firstly, I admitit fully. I love Cardiff. Moreso than any other city including my own hometown. But, I’m not going to bore you to death with my undying love for the capital of Wales but to discuss the accessability of the largest and most prominent city of Wales.

Cardiff City Hall

Apart from “nearby” towns and cities such as Swansea, Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd etc.. The capital of Wales, is largely inaccessable to the majority of Welsh people. Even areas served by public transport such as Merthyr Tydfil, offer one-an-hour train services too and from Cardiff. I can only imagine the services in other parts of Wales… Why, for example travel to Cardiff from anywhere in Powys, when you can travel to Birmingham for likely half the price?

Matters certainly aren’t helped when the people of the North, who see such investment in the south reap no rewards from it. Resentment is only increased with relations between the gogs and my fellow hwntw’s, which have historically not been that good since the fall of Owain Glyndwr (tobach on w). It doesn’t seem wise to me, as the average Welshman that investing so much in Cardiff and surrounding areas reaps no rewards for the northerners. After all, isn’t Cardiff supposed to be every Welsh persons city of pride? How can people be proud of a capital they can very rarely reach?!

Welsh Millenium Centre

The investment into Cardiff, in my opinion is fantastic but, I can say that because I directly reap the rewards from it. That isn’t fair to all though. Regardless that the South is more populous than the west and north combined. It is said that the terrain of Wales makes it impossible to connect North and South, through central Wales possible… I don’t believe that for a second. Why? Let’s just look at railway achievments world wide..

The transcontinental railway in the U.S.A was finished in 1869, from the east coast to the west. Traversing and going through the rocky mountains. Dwarfing the Brecons, Cambrian and Snowdonia.

Trans-siberian railway, linking Moscow to Beijingin 1905. Over 5000 miles of track and penetrates countless mountain regions and terrain types.

Now, if other countries can achieve feats of this magnitude, surely we can do the same. It isn’t impossible, what it really. truely boils down to is investment. Historically, Wales hasn’t had that much investment at all, now that we have increased political powers with the assembly, perhaps one day I can catch a train from Cardiff to Aberystwyth…




5 responses

26 03 2007

I totally agree, word for word. I think Caerdydd is a graet place, and a graet capital, but due to the road and rail infrastructure in Wales, especially from north to south, Caerdydd might as well be on the Moon. It really frustrates me that I cant leave my house in Caernaefon in the morning and spend a day in Caerdydd, my capital city, and return home the same day. So much for the 21st century!

26 03 2007
Wynne Jones - Gog with a Blog

Yep, I agree too. I live in North East Wales. I can take an easy stroll along the A55 in the morning, catch the swift ferry, have a great day out in Dublin, return back on the swift ferry and be back home about 80 minutes later after arriving in Caergybi/Holyhead. I can go to Liverpool, Manchester, or Birmingham no problem. But Caerdydd/Cardiff? Forget it. I’d need at least 3 days to make the journey worthwhile. Which is why I’ve only ever been to Caerdydd once, for a weekend. Even then, I had to avoid Wales altogether (until I hit the M4, of course) and use a car. The idea of using Welsh public transport to get to Caerdydd is a non-starter for most gogs. It’s a real shame because Caerdydd is a brilliant place and well worth visiting. I wish I can do it much more often, but I simply can’t.

5 04 2009

Yes, everybody in Wales would like great transport links between north and south (motherhood and apple pie). But, if somehow the money for the transport links were available now (x millions) would the people of Wales vote to spent it like that? I’m not so sure. Think of all the other things you might do with that money.

5 04 2009

The other thing is that someone would have to pay to regularly subsidise any train services between the north/south – who would that be? If not the ticket costs would be out of the reach of almost all ordinary folk. Very few train servives make a profit, apart from commuter routes or intercity.

Having said that I’m a bit of a train nut and think its a great idea! We should definitely do it!

12 01 2015

I think you’ve just captured the answer pelerctfy

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