* Mark Isherwood SM, left, with project leader Richard Dixon-Gough at the new Corwen station.
The Covid-19 pandemic has not prevented progress on an "exciting" Denbighshire rail project which is on track to be completed next year, according to North Wales Senedd Member Mark Isherwood.
Mr Isherwood has supported Llangollen Railway’s Corwen Station Project from the start and followed progress with regular visits.
On Friday he made his latest visit and was impressed by all that has been achieved since he was last there in February.
He said: “I always enjoy my visits to Llangollen Railway’s Corwen Station Project and each time I am amazed and impressed by the extent of the development of the platform and facilities, and this time was no different.
“I was last there at the beginning of the year, and what has been achieved since then, in the midst of a pandemic, is incredible.
"The island platform is essentially now complete with its block paving surface, and the historic columns and steel work for the waiting room are all in place, along with heritage items with the name board and lamp posts. There is further work to complete in the new year, but they are on course with everything.
“All the volunteers, staff and supporters involved deserve huge praise for what has been achieved, particularly in these challenging times. I am now looking forward to prospects for the station opening in 2021 and revisiting to see the finished article.”
Richard Dixon-Gough, Corwen Project leader, said: "We are pleased that Mark was able to find the time to visit the station site for a catch-up with the work completed during 2020, despite the limitations imposed by Covid-19, and his appreciation of the work undertaken by our volunteers and the financial help from our many supporters."
During Mr Isherwood’s visit, the railway's financial position and the need for support was also discussed.
He said: “Although Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions are preventing Llangollen Railway from receiving any income, it is still having to find £40,000 every month to pay for its ongoing overheads.
“It has been an extremely challenging year for them and I therefore encourage people to support them. Donations to safeguard and support this wonderful heritage railway can be made to the Llangollen Railway Trust and shares in the Railway can also be acquired.”
* The online appeal can be accessed by visiting: https://llangollenrailway.enthuse.com/cf/covid-19-appeal