Transport Blog: August 2016

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Discover all relevant transport news relating to the tourism industry in North Wales written by transport expert Larry Davies. 

Public Transport in particular rail has been extremely well used during the last few weeks but regrettably much complaint has been heard from travellers about overcrowding and insufficient carriages being deployed on Arriva Trains Wales services across the North Wales network.  This leaves a very negative impression on tourists doing internal journeys who have been encouraged to leave their cars at their hotels.

There was much disruption to bus services in the eastern half of North Wales following the collapse of a major operator but by now it is pleasing to report that the situation has been recovered and most routes are back to their full timetables.

It was good to see a steam train return to Llandudno a couple of weeks ago and there are two more running from Liverpool to the town and Holyhead on Sundays 21st August and 4th September. These charter trains are run by West Coast railways and will feature two types of express locomotives that once saw regular Service in North Wales.

Another opportunity for tourists and locals alike to sample the old days of steam railway will be at Llangollen who have a superb Gala weekend on the 2nd – 4th September and they have a visiting ex Lancashire and Yorkshire locomotive making a rare appearance in North Wales.  Engines of this type used to work from Rhyl to Corwen on goods trains in the 1950’s.

Along our coastal waters we see the return of the MV BALMORAL sailing from Liverpool on a host of trips featuring Mostyn, Llandudno, Puffin Island, Menai Bridge, Red Wharf Bay, Point Lynas and a cruise around Anglesey. Balmoral is with us from the 15th – 20th September.

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