Listed building consent sought for historic railway station

By Dale Spridgeon   |   Local Democracy Reporter   |
Wednesday 20th July 2022 3:30 pm
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Pwllheli Station (Google Map)
Pwllheli Station (Google Maps )

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Gwynedd Council has received an application to alter the Grade II listed building and other station features near Pwllheli town centre.

The application asks to replace a window with a ticket office and includes changes to existing railings.

A design and access statement in the plans also describes the heritage impact for internal refurbishment. Details include the ‘reconfiguration’ of staff facilities within the station building, the addition of an external covered store, external cycle hoops and replacement of existing metal railings.

The application has been made by Sonny Robinson, Network Rail Property (Wales and Western) of the Cardiff Railway Co Ltd, Pwllheli Railway Station, on Station Square. The railway station is the terminus of the Cambrian coast line from Machynlleth.

According to the History Points website, Pwllheli joined the rail network in October 1867. The original station was east of the town. Cambrian Railways trains began running to Porthmadog and Machynlleth, and on to Whitchurch, Shropshire. The new line connected into the Cambrian’s line at Afonwen, enabling trains to reach Pwllheli from Caernarfon and the main line at Bangor.

History Points chronicles 1500 Welsh historic sites , providing QR codes on windows, fences, doors, walls and gateposts, with mobile phone accessible information .The website says the present station is in a more central location to its original site and opened in 1909.

“It followed the construction of a railway embankment across the north of the natural harbour,” it states.

“The embankment banished the sea from the land to the north, previously the shoreline extended as far as Penlan Fawr.”

Network Rail and Transport for Wales have contacted for more details on the upgrade plans.

Plans for refurb at Pwllheli Railway Station, picture shows proposed station ticket window (Picture: Gwynedd Planning document)
Plans for the proposed station ticket window (Gwynedd Planning document )
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