Welshpool has a population of 6,269, it is an area centre which has
good road and rail communications with the rest of Mid-Wales, the
West Midlands and the North West. The Station covers Welshpool
and the surrounding area including the parishes of Berriew,
Guilsfield, Trewern, Castle Caereinion, Forden and Middletown.
Welshpool is a small market town bordering both North Wales and
Shropshire and as such is a gateway for people wishing to travel
West to the coast.
The main risk for Welshpool and its surrounding communities are
the various road networks in the area; in particular the A458 (T),
A483 (T), A490 and several B class and unclassified roads. The area
is predominantly made up of small residential areas and a few light
industrial trading estates that increase the risk. The town has a busy
shopping area with several public houses and hotels. Also located
in the town are several primary schools, one secondary school and a
The main coast line railway also runs through Welshpool. The River
Severn and several tributaries run through the town and during the
autumn/winter this is a cause for concern in relation to flooding
incidents. Powys Castle is located approximately half a mile from the
town centre and is a national asset.