Caernarfon Station and Waterfront Regeneration Update
August 30th 2017
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways are proud to be investing in Caernarfon with a new station building.
The project will form a key part of the £15m Waterfront Development, led by Gwynedd County Council, to give a major boost to this historic area.
The new station will offer much improved facilities for visitors arriving by road or by rail and is bringing £2m work to the local area in the next 12 months. With the opening due in the summer of 2018, the station will create a good impression for arriving visitors and encourage them to take time to explore Caernarfon and its many attractions.
The railway held a number of public consultation events in the town and has incorporated ideas and suggestions made by local residents and visitors into the new two-storey design, which will include retail, catering and a spacious modern interpretation area. We are working with local artist Bedwyr Williams to showcase images and information regarding the history of the quayside area and the railway.
Waterfront Regeneration Projects
With £15 million of funding secured, a number of exciting regeneration projects are progressing well in the Caernarfon waterfront area that will improve the town as a place to work, live and visit.
A key milestone was reached recently as the Heritage Lottery confirmed that the Cei Llechi project will receive £3.2 million. This forms part of a wider £15 million Caernarfon Tourism Attractor Destination project led by Croeso Cymru, and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
The waterfront area of Caernarfon has been identified as a key redevelopment area by Gwynedd Council. Through the Caernarfon Waterfront Initiative, the Council is working with a number of key local partners to deliver the Galeri 2, new Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways station, and the Cei Llechi Island Site projects with the aim of making a major contribution to Caernarfon’s regeneration along with the wider local economy. Gwynedd Council will project manage the initiative, this will. encourage and strengthen links between the 3 key TAD projects and other relevant organisations, communities and bodies.
Since opening in 2005, the Galeri has provided the local area with a platform for the arts and creative industries, developing itself as a hub for local artists, musicians, students and residents.
Galeri’s new two-screen cinema has been progressing well over the past months. Enabling work on the site of Galeri’s new two-screen cinema extension is drawing to a close with the demolition of Galeri’s iconic tower earlier in the month. The new cinema in Galeri will become Anglesey and Gwynedd’s only multi-screen full time cinema – showing films ‘on release’ throughout the year.
Caernarfon Harbour Trust
The recent confirmation of a £3.2 million Heritage Lottery fund investment means that the Caernarfon Harbour Trust is closer to redeveloping the site, ensuring the local creative sector will have a hub to make and sell their products.