Welsh Assembly Member backs Corwen station project

LOCAL Welsh AM Ken Skates has given his seal of approval for the project to create a new western terminus for the Llangollen Railway.

The three-month scheme to create the signalbox base at Corwen Central came to an end with a three-day exercise to infill the crater in which the structure sits.

Ken Skates AM (right) cuts the tape to access the basement locker room accompanied by Corwen project leader Richard Dixon-Gough on September 23. GEORGE JONES

Volunteers, assisted by a contractor, brought in nearly 800 tons of spoil to be layered, compacted and rolled around the front and sides of the base to stabilise the adjacent area of the embankment. A layer of crushed slate inserted around the walls provides for a soakaway to the base of the embankment.

Ken Skates visited the station site on September 23 and was invited to cut the ribbon to the doorway for access to the basement, which will provide a locker room. He said: “I am thrilled for the team that this Welsh Government investment will help expand Llangollen Railway services into the town of Corwen. This is fantastic news for the company, the local economy and for North East Wales’ thriving tourism industry.”

Project leader, Richard Dixon-Gough, said: “The project team was pleased to be able to show Ken how much had changed on site since his last visit and the way in which Welsh Government grant aid had helped the building of the platform.”

Cabling for the electrical installation is underway and the access steps are being realigned now that the infill is complete.

The construction of this facility has cost around £30,000, paid for by the proceeds of the share issue and has been an essential part of the final widening of the former single-line embankment.

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