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31.10.12

Llandudno Station improvement work starts

Work will begin this week on a £5.1m project to improve Llandudno Station in North Wales.

The Welsh Government is investing £3.5m, Network Rail is providing £1.5m through the National Station Improvement Programme and the Railway Heritage Trust is funding £150,000. The legally constituted joint committee of six North Wales county authorities, Taith, contributed £1.4m.

Improvements to the station will include a new frontage, ticket office, improved bus facilities and customer information systems.

Other partners in the project are Arriva Trains Wales and Conwy County Borough Council.

Welsh transport minister, Carl Sargeant, said: “The upgrade of Llandudno station is the first in a number of station improvements that the Welsh Government is supporting as we strive to make rail travel more comfortable and attractive to the public.”

Mark Langman, Network Rail’s Wales route managing director, added: “This very important project to enhance Llandudno Station will regenerate and revitalise this area of the town, encouraging locals and visitors to use public transport through the provision of updated and enhanced facilities.”

Cllr Philip Evans, cabinet member, Conwy County Borough Council, said: “It will create a positive first impression for visitors to Llandudno and I’m delighted that these long-standing plans are becoming a reality.”

Cllr Mike Priestley, chair of TAITH, said: “We have supported some major station improvement projects in recent years, and to bring forward a project that improves the sustainable transport infrastructure in the centre of our largest resort town is a priority for us.

“Replacing the current poor quality station with a new facility that provides a much improved passenger experience and contributes to regenerating part of the town centre, highlights the importance of transport infrastructure in our communities.”

Ian Bullock, customer service director for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “This work will bring a great improvement to the station environment, and we, along with our passengers welcome this additional investment.”

The project will be complete in 2014.

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