THE reinvigoration of the Vale of Rheidol Railway has reached another stage – with the announcement that passenger facilities are to be significantly enhanced at the line’s Aberystwyth terminus.
Titled ‘Wales to the World’, the £2.2 million project will see the current terminus transformed into a GWR-style station suitable for the modern tourist, together with the creation of a multi-function display and entertainment facility within the one-time standard gauge steam locomotive shed.
Alongside these visitor-focused developments, a new carriage storage shed will be built, allowing the collection of GWR carriages to be stored in a protected environment and aid their long-term conservation.
A grant of £1.6 million is being invested in the project through the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales, which aims to create 13 ‘must-see’ destinations across the country, backed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Robert Gambrill, CEO of the Vale of Rheidol Railway, said: “For many years we have been working with tourism body Visit Wales to achieve our goal to improve the terminus of our station, as well as plans to build our multifunction display facility.
“This funding will see the start of the project. We would like to thank the whole team at Visit Wales who have been fabulous and helped us through the minefield of paperwork to achieve this project.”
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