North West Wales

Llandudno railway station: Reassurance on £5.4m revamp

Llandudno station
Image caption The station opened in 1958 and is used by about 270,000 passengers each year

A Welsh government minister says a multimillion-pound scheme to refurbish Llandudno's railway station remains on track.

Construction work was due to start this summer, but with no sign of that happening there has been local speculation about its future.

Transport Minister Carl Sargeant said there had been some difficulties, but those had now been sorted out.

Contracts for the work will now be awarded by October.

The scheme includes new shops and toilets, refurbished platforms and ticket areas, as well as an upgrade of the customer information system, and a new car park.

Mr Sargeant said the scheme was being delivered under the Wales station improvement programme

In a letter to Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders, he said there had been "some complexities with the EU grant scheme," but these had now been resolved.

A final review is being undertaken, with the aim of letting the contract by autumn, he added.

Ms Finch-Saunders said she was thrilled to hear everything was on track: "People in Llandudno and the wider locality have high expectations for the project.

"This is a very important scheme which has potential to breathe new life into our antiquated infrastructure and will bring immense benefits to Llandudno," she added.

Network Rail said because contracts had not been signed it was unable to release details about the costs for the various parts of the scheme.

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