The Llangollen Railway Trust has announced that it has completed a deal with Llangollen Railway PLC’s administrators, Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP, where some railway assets have been purchased as well as the right to use the railway line.
This is the first step towards recovery and now preparations for reopening the line are continuing.
The board of the Trust has started talks with the Welsh Government, Business Wales, Denbighshire County Council and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, which have all been positive, the board says.
However, before reopening, a new Safety Management System will have to have approval from the Office of Rail and Road and Liz Parkes from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has helped the Llangollen Railway Trust with this.
Support has been coming in with contributions amounting to around £85,000 – this will allow the Llangollen Railway Trust to make a “competitive bid” at the 12th May auction for key assets like at least one accessible carriage, function coach, road trailer, telehandler and a 12t crane.
With regards to reopening, around £100,000 is needed to cover overheads, which the trust says they would like to attract some grant funding.
The Llangollen Railway Trust board has also said that they are targeting a reopening at the end of July or early August.
If you would like to donate, you can do so via the Llangollen Railway fundraising page.
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