Works starts on £50 million rail upgrade which includes Abergele station revamp

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Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

WORK has started on £50 million worth of railway improvements, which include the installation of a new signalling system on the North Wales coast from Shotton to Colwyn Bay.

The Network Rail project also includes major work at Abergele and Pensarn station and the upgrading of track layout.

The work is set to finish by the summer of 2018, with commissioning of the new signalling equipment in March next year.

At Abergele and Pensarn station, platform one is being extended using an innovative lightweight polystyrene-block solution to successfully overcome the challenging ground conditions on site.

The platform is temporarily closed whilst this work takes place. A new LED lighting system is being installed at the station, along with work to improve the drainage and track layout alterations.

Kevin Roberts, senior project manager for Network Rail Wales, said: “The North Wales railway upgrade project will provide greater resilience and reliability on the railway - all part of our railway upgrade plan to provide a bigger and better railway for the growing number of passengers.”

Network Rail says it is working in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains to minimise disruption during the work.

The major track and signalling works at Mostyn are being carried out during weekends and replacement bus services are in operation between Chester and Llandudno Junction until April. Passengers are advised to check before they travel at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Bus services will run between Chester and Llandudno Junction on the following days: Sunday February 19, Sunday February 26, Sunday, March 5, Sunday, March 19, Saturday, March 25, Sunday, March 26, and Sunday, April 2.

Passengers are advised to check late services the day before or very early morning services the morning after as bus services may also be running.

On Saturday, March 25, the bus service will run between Chester and Rhyl. Extra buses will also be on standby over this weekend.

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