Work is beginning this week on Llandudno railway station, on what will be a £5.1 million project to give it a ‘face lift’ and much needed facility upgrade. It has been seven years since improvements to Llandudno train station were first suggested by the Llandudno Development Partnership, making the delayed start of work a huge sense of achievement for those involved in the project and local area. Investments including £3.5M from the Welsh Government (including European Regional Development Fund structural funding), £1.5M from the Department for Transport’s National Stations Improvement Programme and £150,000 from the Railway heritage Trust have made this project possible. Combined investment has allowed a good sized budget that the Llandudno area will benefit from, with a much more attractive station ‘face’, as well as increased quality of facilities – such as; new frontage, ticket offices, bus facilities and customer information & service facilities. The Minister responsible for Transport, Carl Sargeant explained that they are trying to make rail travel UK more attractive and comfortable for people, with station refurbishments being an important aspect. Llandudno train station is the first of a number of stations to undergo improvements with the Welsh Government playing an important role in the upgrade and development of them. This positive move towards the rail travel facilities of Llandudno are set to make a positive first impression for visitors into the area, which will help provide a boost to the local economy and employment. The station is used by around 270,000 passengers a year, meaning the investment – once completed, will serve beneficial for a substantial amount of travelers. The front of the train station is going to be designed to fit into the Victorian theme running throughout the town, with the project projected to finish in 2014. Announcements regarding further improvements to other stations are set to be announced shortly by the Minister of Local Government and Communities.
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