SOS: Llangollen Railway warns it’s at risk of closure

Llangollen Railway - GWR 2-8-0 No. 3802 is seen at Llangollen station. GARETH EVANS

The Llangollen Railway (LR) has warned it is at risk of closure due to the Coronavirus crisis – unless it urgently receives donations from its supporters.

Llangollen Railway - GWR 2-8-0 No. 3802 is seen at Llangollen station. GARETH EVANS
The Llangollen Railway puts approximately £8.5 million in to the local economy every year. GWR Collett ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3802 is seen at Llangollen station. GARETH EVANS

Appealing to well-wishers, LR general manager Liz McGuinness said: “Forty-five years of endeavour in rebuilding the railway as a tourist attraction is under threat. Yes, the railway is closed and may never reopen its doors if we don’t receive enough donations or grant funding. We are extremely grateful for the donations we have received so far and they are helping to keep us alive for now.”

The railway shut its doors until further notice on March 17 in the light of government advice surrounding the virus.

Economic impact

“The Llangollen Railway can’t claim insurance compensation for business interruption,” explained Liz.

“The government help currently available would put the railway into significant debt, which may take years to pay off. We could potentially lose up to £600,000 over the coming weeks. Figures of this magnitude could threaten the very existence of the railway. Please help now and support Llangollen Railway to ensure we survive.

“As a major attraction in the Dee Valley, Llangollen Railway puts approximately £8.5 million in to the local economy every year and to lose that would be a massive negative to all the town’s businesses and the surrounding area which benefits from visitors to the local stations and access to the Dee Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural beauty).

“We cannot let this beautiful heritage railway die as owe all those who have contributed to the project over many years. We support too many businesses and jobs in the area to let that happen but help is needed if we are to see the way through this difficult period.”

How you can help

Donate online at https://llangollenrailway.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/covid-19-appeal . For taxpayers, donations can be boosted by 25% Gift Aid at no extra cost to you.

You can also use the following methods:

  • Make a bank transfer to Llangollen Railway Charitable Trust: Sort code: 53.81.03, Account number: 23423455
  • Call 01978 860979 for card payments.
  • Send a cheque made payable to Llangollen Railway Trust to: Llangollen Railway, The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, LL20 8SN.

Further reading

Enjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.

Comments

comments