Wrexham Council must protect the track bed of the former Ruabon to Llangollen Railway

Wrexham Council must protect the track bed of the former Ruabon to Llangollen Railway

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Daniel Newton started this petition to Mark Drakeford (First Minister of Wales) and

The Llangollen heritage railway in north wales has already manged to rebuild a 10 mile stretch of the former Ruabon to Bala, and Barmouth, route from Llangollen to Corwen creating a world renown tourist attraction that makes a significant economic contribution to the local community and the wider Dee Valley, as well as providing a spectacular scenic journey for all visiting tourists to enjoy.  

We believe that with the Llangollen Railway currently being in the process of being rescued and restructured following the recent demise of the Llangollen Railway PLC company the time now is more than ever appropriate to campaign for obtaining the full and all-Party Public and Political backing and support to establish planning control measures and to release enabling funding to secure and protect the whole of the track bed of the former Ruabon to Bala railway route, reopen and enhance the existing Llangollen Railway as a Community Railway Partnership line, and to then restore a railway over the 5 mile disused track bed eastwards towards Trevor and through back to the main line in Ruabon; then eventually in the far longer term to restore the remaining 10 mile rail route westwards from Corwen towards Bala, as this overall strategy would greatly secure the long-term future and viability of the existing Llangollen Railway as well as significantly enhancing public transport into all of the local areas on the route in the Dee valley and Vale of Edyrnion, re-connecting all the towns and villages giving local people better access to the outside world, jobs, education, and also helping to bring in more tourists than possible by road to further boost the local economy. 

To aid this overall future railway vision for the Dee Valley support is needed from all of the Local Authorities along the route.

Unfortunately Wrexham Council in recent years have not been totally consistent in their efforts to protect all of the former railway track bed from being lost under new housing developments in their County. 

One area of track bed in particular that is at imminent risk of being totally obscured and lost is the site of the former Air Products Factory in Acrefair which sits alongside and partly over the former railway. There is currently an Outline Planning Application in place for this site which is pending Detailed Planning approval which, if granted permission, would allow houses to be built right across and along the land of the former Ruabon to Llangollen railway in the area that was once occupied by Acrefair Station (Details of the housing plans can be found on pages 41-52 of this pdf file: https://cl-assets.public-i.tv/wrexham/document/DC_Report_6_March_2017_Final.pdf).

However, this potential loss of track bed could be avoided, if at the future date, when the Detailed Planning Application is made strong enough wide Public and Political support could be collectively pressed onto Wrexham Council to support protecting the former railway land through the site at that stage as part of their Sustainability Policy to allow a for a future railway reopening - so all may therefore not yet necessarily be totally lost with regards to saving the railway route for the future return of the trains. 

Obtaining wide Public support to reopen the railway from Ruabon to Llangollen as a long term strategic aim is currently the task that needs to be campaigned for. As a first part of this we therefore strongly request Wrexham Council to protect as much as a minimum of 6-meter-wide strip of land along the whole of the former alignment of the old railway route through their area between Sun Trevor and Ruabon to allow for a future mainline railway reinstatement. 

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