Gwynedd Council, in partnership with the Assembly’s Department for the Economy and Transport, have appointed Atkins as transport consultants to assess the potential demand and associated benefits from the transportation of freight and improved passenger services along the Conwy Valley Line as part of the wider economic regeneration of Blaenau Ffestiniog and its surrounding area.
Councillor Dewi Lewis, Gwynedd Council’s Senior Portfolio Leader for Economy and Regeneration said:
“Following an encouraging meeting with the Deputy First Minister, we very much welcome the opportunity of working with the Assembly on this key regeneration scheme.”
Councillor Gwilym Euros Roberts from Blaenau Ffestiniog also said:
“Naturally, I am glad that the Assembly and Gwynedd Council have commissioned this important work, and hope it provides a sound business case for upgrading the railway to transport freight and passengers along this important line in order to create sustainable economic opportunities for the Blaenau Ffestiniog area.”
The preparation of the study will involve consultation with a wide range of businesses, organisations and local community groups. It is hoped that the report will be completed before the end of May.