Corwen Central Station Project receives grant aid from the Welsh Government

The Llangollen Railway Trust is delighted to announce it has been successful with the application for grant aid from the Welsh Government to assist with the building of a new railway station at Corwen.

The Trust has been awarded grant aid of £128k in respect of the work to build an island platform at the Corwen Central station site where a volunteer work force, aided by contractors, has re-engineered the disused railway embankment to accommodate a new rail terminal.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Costed at £160k, the 160 metre long platform will allow an eight coach passenger train to be accommodated on one side and a smaller six coach train on the other, to maximise passenger numbers visiting Corwen. The new platform is situated close to the town’s car park and bus interchange with ease of entry to Corwen town centre for those alighting or joining the trains. A concrete subway has already been constructed to access the elevated platform.

The Corwen Central Project will allow the terminal station to provide facilities for steam trains to be serviced and engines to ‘run round’ the carriages in the traditional manner, at the end of a ten mile journey from Llangollen.

Commenting on the approval of the grant aid application, Project Leader, Richard Dixon-Gough, said, “The availability of this funding from the Welsh Government ensures that work on the site can continue throughout the summer to provide a completed platform around which a loop line will be laid. This will allow for the eventual connection through to the current railhead at Dwyrain Corwen East temporary platform.”

Chairman of Llangollen Railway Trust, Peter Lund, added, “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 benefitted from being reconnected 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.”

The Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths added:

“I am pleased this investment with help expand Llangollen Railway services to Corwen town centre. This is good news for the company, the local economy and for Wales’ thriving tourism industry.

“This is also a good example of how the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme is delivering real improvements for local communities right across Wales. We recently announced we are fully committing the remaining £223m under the programme so more communities have the opportunity to benefit from similar projects.”

George Jones

Press Officer, Llangollen Railway Trust Ltd

Corwen Central Railway Project.

Telephone No: 01978 352010 (at home)