Tuesday 5 Dec 2017
Residents urged to ‘drop-in’ to find out more about upgrade of Penhelig Station
Upgrade work is taking place in the New Year at Penhelig Railway Station in Aberdyfi.
The station will be closed from Monday 1 January 2018 until Friday 30 March 2018, as Network Rail engineers work to replace the existing timber platform with an improved structure coated with glass reinforced plastic, which will improve access for all station users and require minimal maintenance. Passengers will also benefit from new lighting along the platform. At the same time, engineers will also be carrying out upgrade work at Copperhill Street and Penhelig Tunnels.
Due to fewer passengers using the station during the winter months, Arriva Trains Wales will be providing a taxi service on request during the upgrade work.
Chris Wildy, works delivery manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “The work taking place at Penhelig station will see passengers benefit from better facilities, including an improved platform and new lighting.
“We would like to thank passengers for their patience as we work to upgrade the station. We will continue to work closely with our partners at Arriva Trains Wales to make sure passengers can get to where they need to be during the temporary closure.”
David Crunkhorn, station manager for Penhelig and the Cambrian line, said: “The upgrade work at Penhelig Station should make a real improvement to the area for now and years to come.
“We’re pleased to be seeing this investment in one of our most picturesque communities and we are really looking forward to seeing its completion and the benefits it will bring to local people and visitors alike.
“While it is taking place at a quieter time of the year to minimise the impact on customers, we still recognise the impact this closure will have and there will be a taxi service in place to the nearest station.”
To find out more about the work, users of the station are invited to a Network Rail drop-in event, at the Penhelig Arms hotel restaurant from 3-7pm on Thursday 11th January. You do not need to book an appointment, just drop-in to speak to a member of the project team.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.