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New host for Conwy Valley & North Wales Coast CRP

Conwy Valley & North Wales Coast Community Railway Partnership (CRP) has a new home with Groundwork North Wales.

The CRP has recently been renamed to the Conwy Valley & North Wales Coast as opposed to the West Wales Coast, due to the addition of the stations and communities between Colwyn Bay and Shotton. 

The partnership, funded by Transport for Wales, will develop and promote the Conwy Valley Line between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog and the North Wales Coast Line between Holyhead and Shotton. The CRP aims to develop local initiatives to improve the railway lines and support the communities that live alongside it.

CRP Officer Karen Williams has been busy working in and supporting the communities along the lines with the launch of the partnership’s Community Resilience Grant programme. Thanks to funding from the Transport for Wales Challenge Fund, community organisations, charities, and CICs from communities along the railway lines have been able to apply for funding to assist with projects targeting social inclusion, encouraging behaviour change, linking to healthy wellbeing activities and encouraging the use of public transport.

Karen Williams, Community Rail Officer, said: “The railway line is a vital link between communities along the Conwy Valley and the partnership will encourage sustainable tourism and promote use of public transport. I am excited to be in role and look forward to meeting and working with local people on local projects that bring a huge benefit to communities.”

Philip Evans, chair of the CRP, added that he was pleased that the new relationship was working well and looked forward to working with Groundwork North Wales in developing the various projects across the area.

Keep up to date with future news, projects and events from Conwy Valley & North Wales Coast CRP via their website.

L-R: Karen Williams, Community Rail Officer for the Conwy Valley and North Wales Coast CRP; Philip Evans, Chair of the Conwy Valley and North Wales Coast CRP; Hanna Clarke, Group Head of Marketing for Groundwork North Wales and Melanie Lawton, Community Rail Strategy Lead at Transport for Wales.