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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Llangollen Railway's success celebrated at Downing Street reception

* From left, Simon Baynes MP, Michael Gove MP and Phil Coles of Llangollen Railway at 10 Downing Street.

Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes welcomed Phil Coles, chairman of the Llangollen Steam Railway, to a reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to celebrate the work of Levelling Up Champions across the UK.   

Mr Baynes has had a close relationship with the railway since he was elected as the MP four years ago.

During that time, the heritage attraction has completed the line to and reopened the station at Corwen.

The £13.3 millionClwyd South Levelling Up Fund, which Mr Baynes secured from the UK government in 2021, has contributed £191,000 to construct and place a canopy over Corwen Station which was reopened in June of this year.   

The UK government’s Shared Prosperity Fund, administered by Denbighshire County Council, has donated £375,000 to the railway to develop a ‘package to strengthe the organisation’ enabling them to continue their restructuring process following several years of organisational change, particularly in the areas of volunteering, training, interpretation, and conservation.  


During the reception, Mr Baynes introduced Phil Coles to Michael Gove and they discussed the way in which Llangollen Railway has benefitted from Levelling Up Funding.

This has enabled them to improve the service they offer for residents and tourists on the railway in the Dee Valley and has complemented and expanded the railway’s own fundraising and hard work, and that of their volunteers, in ensuring their success for the years to come.  


Speaking after the reception, Phil Coles said:  "I would like to thank Simon Baynes for the help he has given the Llangollen Railway Trust securing firstly the funding to build the canopy and open the new station in Corwen, then with the Shared Prosperity Fund administered by Denbighshire County Council to help make the organisation robust for its future.

"I thanked Michael Gove for the grants the railway had received to help us rebuild the railways future for the benefit of Llangollen, Corwen and the Dee Valley.”  


Mr Baynes said:  “Phil Coles and the Llangollen Steam Railway have done excellent work running and expanding the railway. I am proud to have had the opportunity to recognise the success of the railway at No10 Downing Street with Michael Gove MP and I look forward to continuing to support the railway, their staff, and volunteers.

"The Llangollen Steam Railway is a beacon of excellence which, since the Downing Street reception, has been recognised by them winning the Attraction of the Year at the Go North Wales Tourism Awards.”

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