Plans unveiled for new railway station in Caernarfon

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

PROPOSALS have been unveiled for a £1.2 million railway station in Caernarfon.

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway (F and WHR) hopes the new building, which would create two full time jobs, will generate an extra £750,000 to the area’s economy.

A spokesman said: “With the opening of the £1.3 million redevelopment of Porthmadog Harbour Station in May this year, attention is now turning to the provision of a station of the high quality the historic town of Caernarfon deserves.

"The new station at Caernarfon will help to increase visitor numbers to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway by an estimated 5,000 visitors per annum.

The F and WHR already provides significant benefits to the wider local economy, generating an estimated £25m each year and creating more than 400 jobs.”

The town’s current station is a temporary structure, which opened in 1997, when it ran three miles to Dinas.

The line, which now covers 25 miles, has been extended in stages, finally opening to Porthmadog in 2011.

The new building would include retail, catering and display areas covering two floors.

The railway held two public consultation events in the town earlier this year and has incorporated ideas and suggestions from residents and visitors into the proposed design.

The F and WHR said the station would contribute indirectly to 16 new jobs in the area.

A spokesman for the F and WHR added that the next steps would be to the scheme towards a planning application, and finalise the costing plan and seeking funding for the station.

There will also be further consultations and

 

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