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Reviving Rhyl - by opening the old Vale of Clwyd line

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:19 UK time, Friday, 5 October 2007

There has been no shortage of comments about reviving Rhyl's fortunes as a resort, including rebuilding the pier - but one contributor clearly has some firm ideas which we'd like to share with you.

David writes: "I was surprised the other day to find a reference to a proposed light railway scheme between Rhyl and Rhuddlan that was presented to the council a few years ago. The plan to use much of the old track formation between Rhyl and Rhuddlan of the Vale of Clwyd line that was shut in the 1960s.

"How is this for a suggestion: Build such a light railway / tramway and extend it from Rhyl to St Asaph, Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen making for an environmentally friendly transport spine to the county of Denbighshire. At Rhyl, instead of stopping at the new marina site, extend it along the length of the promenade and into Prestatyn.

"This would ease mobility for the locals and provide a 'coast and country' link for holidaymakers which took them from the beach, with its view of the wind farms (perhaps one stop could be a new pier on the Promenade from which hydrofoils or hovercrafts could make an excursion out to sea to the wind farms.)

"All this could be pulled together under an environmentally friendly branding for Rhyl. Any takers?"

Do you like David's idea? Share your thoughts via the Rhyl forum.


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