It has been announced this week that work has officially begun on the £2m steam railway station in Gwynedd, with the UK’s longest heritage line, The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, said to be behind this amazing scheme.
Expected to open its doors to the public in 2018, organisers are predicting the station will attract 5,000 extra visitors to the town each and every year, providing economical advantages that Welsh Government are eager to encourage across a long list of Welsh towns.
Funded by Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places programme, there has been some hurdles to overcome in the exposition stages of the project, with a large water pipe having to be moved before construction work could begin.
Utilising land already occupied by the station’s temporary station and car parks, these plans will create various job opportunities for the people in Caernarfon as well as safeguard existing ones, with the organisation passionate to create ‘career opportunities’ for the people of Caernarfon and the surrounding areas.
Dafydd Thomas, chairman of the Welsh Highland Railway Society, is happy with the shape the project is taking:
“The plans for a new Caernarfon station building continue to make progress and the detailed process of gaining the necessary funding is now happening.”
Ffestiniog Railway spokesman Andrew Thomas said previously:
“The railway continues to work with the architects and stakeholders including Cadw, Gwynedd Council, the Harbour Trust and the Welsh Government to provide a new station of the high quality Caernarfon deserves.”
Since the railway opened in Caernarfon in 1997 the station has been working with a ‘temporary structure’, initially running just 3 m (5km) to Dinas, before extending to Porthmadog back in 2011.
From the revamping of this station to the £10m in loans to be spent on derelict Welsh buildings, the focus for Welsh Government for the coming years is becoming very apparent.