£50m North Wales Railway Upgrade Project underway: Upgrade work at Abergele and Pensarn station including a platform extension is ongoing

Monday 13 Feb 2017

£50m North Wales Railway Upgrade Project underway

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Wales

Network Rail has commenced work on a £50m North Wales Railway Upgrade Project, which includes the installation of a new signalling system on the North Wales Coast from Shotton to Colwyn Bay.

The project is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and includes upgrading track layout which increases the resilience and reliability of the railway in North Wales.

Work on the £50m North Wales Railway Upgrade Project started in January and is set to finish by the summer of 2018, with commissioning of the new signalling equipment in March 2018.

The upgrade project also includes enhancements at Abergele and Pensarn station. Platform 2 at the station is being extended using an innovative lightweight polystyrene-block solution to successfully overcome the challenging ground conditions on site. The platform is temporarily closed whilst this work takes place. A new LED lighting system is being installed at the station, along with work to improve the drainage and track layout alterations.

Kevin Roberts, senior project manager for Network Rail Wales said: “The North Wales Railway Upgrade Project will provide greater resilience and reliability on the railway, all part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger and better railway for the growing number of passengers.”

Network Rail is working in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains to minimise disruption during this programme of upgrade works. The major track and signalling works at Mostyn are being carried out during weekends and replacement bus services are in operation between Chester and Llandudno Junction until April. Passengers are advised to check before they travel at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Notes for editor

Bus services will run between Chester and Llandudno Junction on the following days:

  • Sunday 19 February 2017
  • Sunday 26 February 2017
  • Sunday 5 March 2017
  • Sunday 19 March 2017
  • Saturday 25 March / Sunday 26 March 2017*
  • Sunday 2 April 2017

Passengers are advised to check late services the day before or very early morning services the morning after as bus services may also be running.

*On Saturday 25 March, the bus service will run between Chester and Rhyl. Extra buses will also be on standby over this weekend.

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