By George Jones
VOLUNTEERS have been encouraged to press on with different aspects of Llangollen Railway’s new Corwen Central western terminus project following high-profile inspections by successive visitors to the site.
The ‘guest list’ has included chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, the Welsh Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, and Network Rail manager for England and Wales, Andy Thomas,
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The temporary building, as delivered 12 months ago, has received planning permission from Denbighshire County Council and, after acquiring a new watertight roof and new entrance and exit doors, a coat of chocolate and cream paint has been applied to the exterior.
The interior is now available for fitting out as a ticket office and waiting room. The work will be undertaken by the Dwyrain Corwen East temporary station staff as their future new workplace.
It has been decided access for the mobility impaired will be via a chairlift to be installed in the subway stairway, rather than the initially proposed access ramp off the embankment at Green Lane. The provision of the lift comes at an additional cost, of course, and funding towards it is being sought.
Building of the locking room for the signalbox acquired a new urgency during the summer when it was decided the eventual layout of the points for the loop and the siding would complicate the delivery of the wooden cabin top. Brick laying to above door frame height, incorporating lower window frames, as previously restored, is nearing completion by early-August.
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