Train travel advice for Armed Forces Day in Llandudno

Llandudno
Credit: Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales are urging people who are attending the Armed Forces Day event in Llandudno on the 30th June, and are also travelling by train, to plan their journeys and expect services to be busy.

Thousands are expected to visit Llandudno to attend the celebrations.

Months of planning have gone into this event, but with 100,000 people expected to attend, services are expected to be very busy, especially since the Chester Races are also taking place the same day.

There will be queueing systems in place and customers will need to allow extra time for their journeys.

British Transport Police will be in presence at Llandudno to keep behaviour in check.

What did the officials say?

Customer Services Director for Arriva Trains Wales, Bethan Jelfs, said:

“We should never forget the commitment our armed forces have made to us and protecting our freedom. So to have Armed Forces Day in Llandudno is something we’re very proud of. Customers coming to be part of the day should plan their journey carefully, and whilst we’ve strengthened services as much as possible, it will still be a very busy day and we thank you for your patience.”

Superintendent Mark Cleland said:

“After months of meticulous planning we’re excited that Armed Forces Day is now almost upon us. With potentially up to 100,000 visitors arriving on Saturday, we are eagerly anticipating a busy and exciting event.

“Because of the large crowds, people can expect to see an enhanced policing operation. Officers will be highly visible at stations and on trains and will be on hand to offer their help in getting passengers to and from the event safely.

“Visitors may also see firearms officers on patrol, which I hope will be a reassuring presence. I would stress that this is not in response to any intelligence: rather, we are making sure that officers are able to respond quickly and decisively to any incident – whatever it may be.

“Passengers can also play their part. You are the eyes and ears of the rail network and with many thousands of extra people traveling to Llandudno, I’d urge you to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or criminal behaviour.

“Nothing should be considered too trivial or insignificant – report your concerns to us and our expert police officers will investigate.”

Tim Ball, acting chief operating officer for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said:

“We have been working closely with our partners Arriva Trains Wales and the British Transport Police to prepare for National Armed Forces Day on 30 June, and we are pleased to play our part in welcoming thousands of visitors to Llandudno for this event.

“We urge passengers to plan their journeys well ahead, allowing extra travel time as trains and stations, as well as other modes of transport are expected to be very busy in and around Llandudno.”

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