Abergele and Pensarn station platform now open following work on  £50m North Wales Railway Upgrade Project

Platform 2 at Abergele and Pensarn station reopened on Sunday 12 March following the completion of enhancement works as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.


Westbound services departing from the station have now resumed following a  temporary suspension while the platform was closed.  An innovative lightweight polystyrene-block solution was used to extend the platform and successfully overcome the challenging ground conditions on site.

Further upgrade work will now continue at Abergele and Pensarn station including  the provision of a new waiting shelter and bike racks on Platform 2 and improved LED lighting installed on platform 1, all set to be completed by the Summer.

The project also includes drainage works and track layout alterations, as well as the commissioning of new signalling equipment on the North Wales Coast from Shotton to Colwyn Bay in Spring 2018.

Kevin Roberts, senior project manager for Network Rail Wales, said: “The reopening of Platform 2 at Abergele and Pensarn station marks a significant milestone in the work to upgrade the station and forms part of our ongoing North Wales Railway Upgrade Project.

“We now look forward to completing the remaining station enhancements and the continued work to 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 has been working in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains to minimise disruption during this programme of upgrade works. 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/

Notes to editor

Bus services will run between Chester and Llandudno Junction on the following days:

  • Sunday 19 March 2017
  • Saturday 25 March / Sunday 26 March 2017*
  • Sunday 2 April 2017

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