Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has submitted a £50,000 bid to the Department for Transport to fund a feasibility study looking at options for developing the disused Amlwch to Gaerwen railway line.
The bid has gone to the government’s Restoring Your Railways Fund. The Welsh government has committed to match funding the £50,000, if the bid is successful.
There are several ways the line could be put back into use. These include restoring it as a railway, using some form of light rail alternative or developing it into a cycle and walking path.
This option could potentially open up a route from Newborough to Amlwch – linking the south and north of the island and joining up with the Anglesey Coastal Path.
“This line is a major island resource that is lying in ruins and we need to find the best way to bring it back to life to boost transport links to our communities and promote tourism,” said Virginia.
“I have held meetings with many groups who are interested in the line’s future and a variety of ideas are on the table.
“The way forward now is to secure this funding so the feasibility study can be conducted to identify the best way to bring this great community asset back into use.
It’s important to stress the fact the bid is to the Restoring Your Railways Fund does not mean that a railway is the way forward. All options are on the table.”
Virginia worked with Menter Môn, Transport for Wales, Welsh government and Anglesey council on the bid. She has also met with Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris to discuss the project.
The bid for round 3 of the fund was submitted on 5th March. A decision is due in the summer. A previous bid was not accepted and the Department for Transport asked for more information, which has now been supplied.