After 12 months of in depth consultations with local councillors, politicians, businesses, residents and the Bala & Penllyn Tourist Association, there is unanimous support of The Bala Lake Railway Line Extension and new Bala Town Station.
"The benefit of a new railway to the town of Bala is regarded as one of the most important economic enhancement and regeneration projects gifted to the Community in living memory."
Cllr. Dilwyn Morgan, Chairman of Gwynedd County Council
The Trust originally envisaged that the extensi0n would be constructed in four phases, starting from the new Bala Town station and laying track torwards the foreshore. However, as the project progressed, it became clear that this was not feasible and instead, working with our partners, the plan has evolved to be completed in three phases. The first of those phases is now complete and the main part of the second phase is well under way; we hope to submit the planning application to Snowdonia National Park Authority in May 2021. Once the planning consent has been granted, we can apply for a Transport and Works Act Order that will complete the legal process allowing the extension to go ahead. Construction of the extension (the final phase) will be started as soon as the T&WA Order is granted and progress will be dicatated by the speed at which funds can be raised!
£500,000 (includes £200,000 of volunteer and professional pro-bono support).
Begin land acquisition for the new town station
Perform topography, traffic and environmental surveys.
Open dialogue with key partners such as Snowdonia National Park Authority, Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Assembly , the Highways Agency and local councils.
Commission preliminary enginering drawings.
£500,000 (includes £250,000 of volunteer and professional pro-bono support).
Complete and submit planning application in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales (as part of the improvements to the flood defences for Bala, which will also form part of the trackbed).
Apply for Transport and Works Act Order to grant the final legal permission to construct the extension.
Further land acquisitions for both the station site and formation from the station towards the foreshore.
Begin acquisition of rail, sleepers and track fittings.
£2,500,000 (includes a contingency of £250,000).
Complete remaining land acquisitions.
Construct station building and facilities.
Construct locomotive shed.
Construct river and road crossings.
Purchase remaining track components.
Complete civil engineering to produce a finished formation.
Lay the track and commission.
The total cost to construct the extension is expected to be £3.5million.
The Trust is working with several key partners and we are grateful for their support:
- Welsh Government - Visit Wales
- Natural Resources Wales
- Snowdonia National Park Authority
- Bala Town Council
- Llanuwchllyn Town Council
- Gwynedd Council