An artist’s impression of Welsh Highland Railway’s station in Caernarfon
Work is due to start this winter on the new Welsh Highland Railway station in Caernarfon for completion in time for the start of the 2018 season.
Since the Welsh Highland opened in the town in 1997, when it ran just three miles to Dinas, the 25-mile line - the UK's longest heritage railway - has been extended in stages, finally opening to Porthmadog in 2011. Throughout that time, Caernarfon Station has been a temporary structure.
The new £2.2m station will form a key part of the £16m Waterfront Development Project and will offer much improved facilities for visitors arriving by road or by rail. The two-storey design will include retail, catering and a spacious modern interpretation area showcasing the history of the quayside area and the railway.
The railway has been working closely with Caernarfon Harbour Trust, which has been extremely supportive of the project, and passengers who arrive at Caernarfon by road will be able to use their car park, as the new station building will occupy the space currently used as the railway's car park.
Construction of the new station is scheduled to begin in March 2017 for completion in Spring 2018.
Welsh Highland Railway service trains will operate from temporary rented accommodation on the Caernarfon site while works progress.
For further information about the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway including routes, times and fares, and contact details, visit the website.
Published 16 September 2016