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Welsh Assembly Funding for Snowdon Mountain Railway
On Thursday 17th March the Welsh Assembly Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones, visited the iconic Snowdon Mountain Railway which has been in operation for more than 100 years. The Railway will receive Ł300,000 to purchase new carriages which will help increase demand for the service in high season as well as improve visitor comfort and visibility. The project will create 4.5 full time equivalent jobs and safeguard a further 18.
Staff at the Snowdon Mountain railway are busy making final preparations for the new season as the Railway will re-open for the 2011 season on Saturday 19 March. The Minister had the opportunity to see some of the locomotives coming together ready for use over the weekend, he also met with Allan Leech, Chief Executive for Heritage GB and Alan Kendall, General Manager of Snowdon Mountain Railway who explained how the funding will be used.
“We are very excited at the prospect of new carriages at Snowdon Mountain Railway. Five of the existing eight carriages date from 1895 so one might say an opportunity like this does not come along more than once per century!
We are grateful to the Assembly for supporting this exciting project which will allow us to continue to deliver a quality experience to the 150,000 visitors to Wales we are host to each year “ .