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Railwatch 071 - April 1997

North Wales

By Dave Sallery

Conwy Valley The summer Sunday time-table will operate throughout the whole timetable period. This is a great improvement on previous years where the trains have only run for a maximum of six weeks.

Track improvements Much relaying work has been carried out during the winter on the main line as far as Bangor. There is, as yet, no indication of when the speed limit will be raised from its current 75mph. Some welded rail has also been laid on the Llandudno branch - the first new track for at least 25 years.

InterCity The branch is concerned about the franchising of the West Coast main line. The PSR for Euston-Holyhead services only stipulates two trains a day with the timings so flexible that a new operator could work the service with one train set. There is also no obligation to connect with Irish Sea ferries at Holyhead.

Travelcard In an exciting development the new unitary Conwy Borough authority is to issue a free travel card to residents. This will entitle them to 50% off bus fares and 33% off rail fares in their area. This covers from Bangor to Rhyl, and Llandudno and Conwy Valley branches. Other local authorities please take note.

New trains North West Regional Railways will be required to replace the present loco-hauled Crewe Bangor/Holyhead service with

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