VOLUNTEERS have been working hard to help a once-busy railway line on Anglesey re-open.

The Anglesey Central Railway first opened in the 1860's and its tracks ran from Amlwch to Gaerwen and back.

However, the line has been closed to passengers since December 1964.

Recently, members of the Lein Amlwch of Anglesey Central Railway group have paid regular visits to parts of the tracks to clear overgrown shrubs and hedges which have accumulated there over the years.

After being granted a licence by Network Rail to begin working on the overgrown line in 2012, volunteers say they now hope to see it re-open in the near future.

“We have been assured that our work won't go without reward although we don't know when the line will re-open,” said group chairman Walter Davies.

“Bringing the railway back would bring huge benefits to not only Amlwch, but to the island as a whole as well.

"I am certain that the railway line would be popular. If it works for other areas across Britain, then why not here too?"

Trains continued running on the line by carrying goods up until the 1990’s and as such the tracks remain in decent condition to this day.

In its heyday, passengers were able to travel along a 17-mile route down the line from Amlwch.

Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth recently visited the Town to take a look at the progress volunteers have made there. He says he is keen to see the line re-opened.

“It would be great for tourism and could be a big boost to the Amlwch area," he said.

“I’m urging the Welsh Government and others to support this project in every way they possibly can."