It’s full steam ahead at the Llangollen Railway Trust which has just gained a £128,000 grant form the Welsh Government to build a new station on its preserved railway line.
The station will be situated at Corwen Central, marking the new end of the Dee Valley line. Once the work is complete, tourists will be able to enjoy the 10 mile return journey from to and from Llangollen.
The Llangollen Railway Trust who operate the Dee Valley Line, plan to use the Welsh Government rural communities funding to create a 160 metre central platform. This will allow an eight coach passenger train to be served on one side of the platform, and a six coach train on the other, thus maximizing passenger numbers.
The station will be located close to Corwen town centre, as well as the car park and bus interchange.
In addition to the new platform, the grant will provide facilities for the servicing of steam trains on the line. Engines will be able to run around the carriages allowing them to move from the front of the train to the back for the return journey.
Peter Lund, Chairman of the Llangollen Railway Trust commented;
“The Welsh Government’s financial support for this project is most welcome as a boost to the challenge which the project represents. Together with other resources which Llangollen Railway must supply, the end is in sight for the completion of the rebuilding of the railway through the area of outstanding natural beauty that is the Dee Valley. As with other towns which have benefited from being connected to a heritage railway, we expect the return of train services to the centre of Corwen to have a big tourism impact on the fortunes of this historic centre for North Wales and an increase in the passenger numbers using the train services.”