Press Release re BLR extension into Bala Town

Bala Lake Railway takes another major step forward with the extending of the railway into the town centre.

After seven years of complicated and protracted negotiation The Bala Lake Railway Trust have completed the purchase of a significant and crucial piece of land required for the railway’s extension.

The newly acquired land is adjacent to the new station site and will be the site of the station throat and ancillary sidings.

This latest acquisition means that the Bala Lake Railway Trust now has all the route required save a very small plot of 500 sq metres.

With a decision on the planning application due by early summer and Natural Resources Wales having already started earlier in the year on the newly upgraded flood defences which includes the civil engineering works required for the new railway, the project really is showing excellent progress.

Liz Saville Roberts MP and Mabon ap Gwynfor MS said:

We welcome news that Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid have secured the purchase of land required to push ahead with its ambitious expansion plans, which will see trains terminating in the centre of town. Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid is one of our great local attractions – bringing investment to the Penllyn economy, supporting jobs and local businesses and are a leading voice in the heritage railway industry. They have been proactive in involving the local community throughout the development phase of its proposals and it’s encouraging to hear that people and businesses in Bala are looking forward to seeing the plans finally take shape.

Image showing latest land acquired

Julian Birley BEM

07831 120564. 9th April 2022