Network Rail renovation wins national conservation award

Network Rail has won a national award for the restoration of Pantyffynnon station, thanks to help from the local community.

The station has been awarded the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award at the National Rail Heritage Awards following its recent renovation by Network Rail. The project was possible thanks to support from Carmarthenshire’s Built Heritage Team and significant grant funding from the Railway Heritage Trust. A plaque was unveiled at the station on Friday 19 January to celebrate the success.

Local Heritage Carpentry students were able to work alongside contractor Towy Projects in restoring the building, helped by the local community, who sent in pictures of the original station, ensuring it was restored sympathetically.

Local community helps Network Rail win national award for restoring Pantyffynnon station

Community Rail

The station, near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire sits on the Heart of Wales Line, which is celebrating its 150 year anniversary.

The railway is supported by a Community Rail partnership. Community Rail partnerships are groups of committed and dedicated people who work with the rail industry and local authorities to promote the line and improve stations, train services, bus links and access. Find out more.

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Community schemes

If you’d like to help improve disused railway land near you, why not take part in our community schemes?

As part of our Community Rail programme, we invite voluntary groups to transform disused railway land in their area including old platforms, land adjoining stations, and land underneath viaducts. Everyone can join us: residents, Station Friends groups, transition town groups, charities, Community Rail partnerships and local authorities.

More about our community schemes and how to get involved

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Below: Some of the black and white photos from residents that were used to help the Pantyffynnon station project.