£2.2million reconstruction for VoR’s Aberystwyth station

THE Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) is starting a £2.2million reconstruction of its Aberystwyth terminus.

The work will transform it into a Great Western Railway-style station with a multi-function display and entertainment facility in the former standard gauge loco shed.

VoR is providing 35% of the finance for the Wales to the World project, supported by £1.6m of EU funding through the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destination programme, led by Visit Wales.

An artist’s impression of the new platform at Aberystwyth, opposite the multi-function display and entertainment facility being developed in the ex-GWR loco shed. VALE OF RHEIDOL RAILWAY

“The development represents the largest single investment in the railway since the Great Western owned the line,” commented VoR chief executive officer Robert Gambrill.

The project will be undertaken in five phases, beginning this year and due for completion in 2020.

The initial stages include relocating the platform 180 metres (200 yards) closer to the car park.

The new platform will have a toilet block in the style of a GWR Pagoda building and gas-style lamps and posts to enhance the 1930s experience.

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