£1.5m boost if trains come into town centre

By Alex Jones in Transport

EXCITING plans to extend the Bala Lake Railway into the heart of the town would bring an extra £1.5m a year into the local economy, it has been claimed.

Julian Birley, chair of Bala Railway Trust, said he was thrilled to announce the track could be brought into town using the B4391 bridge as a ‘tramway’, giving passengers, in his opinion, “one of the finest views from a train anywhere in the United Kingdom”.

Mr Birley and his associates have been working on plans to extend the line for over two years, but now believe they can have the work completed by 2020.

The Trust has also purchased a tract of land to start building the new railway line, following a considerable fund-raising effort.

Mr Birley said: “Money has now been raised to purchase the first piece of land which will provide space for the new platforms.

“Fund-raising now commences to raise the £85,000 for the site of the station building itself opposite the car park in Aran Street.

Read the full story in today’s Meirionnydd edition of the Cambrian News

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