We here at West Point holiday parks in Snowdonia have always said that the more people that get to visit Caernarfon, the merrier. So you can imagine our delight when ambitious plans to open a new railway station in the historic town were unveiled.
Famed for its castle but known by its locals for offering much more than just that, Caernarfon is one of the brightest lights of North Wales and always has much to see and do for people of all ages. Whether it’s live entertainment or a trek around its glorious landscape, the town definitely does not suffer from a lack of attractive options for tourists.
Thanks to plans put forward by Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, a £1.2m steam railway station could soon be chugging its way to Caernarfon in the not too distant future.
There’s always plenty of attention lavished on the amazing steam railway service throughout areas of North Wales so it make a lot of sense to be able to offer it to as many people as possible. In fact, 5000 more people per year will be able to experience the archaic yet charming mode of transport and it will even create some jobs in the process.
“The railway held two public consultation town earlier this year and has incorporated ideas and suggestions made by local residents and visitors into the proposed design, which will include retail, catering and display areas covering two floors,” said Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway in a statement.
“The £1.2m project to provide a new station at Caernarfon will create new jobs and safeguard existing ones in addition to generating extra traffic and revenue for both the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway and the local economy.
“Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway already provides significant benefits to the wider local economy, generating an estimated £25m each year and creating more than 400 jobs.”
These ambitious plans are further signs that steam travel is as popular as ever and with £1.3m being invested in the recent refurbishment of a station in Porthmadog, don’t be surprised to see Caernarfon having one of its own when work hopefully commences near the end of 2014.
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