Snowdon Mountain Railway to reopen but won't take passengers to the summit

A popular mountain railway will be reopening as lockdown restrictions ease – although it will not be taking people to the summit.

Snowdon Mountain Railway will be welcoming visitors back as trains commence service on Saturday following the easing of restrictions in Wales.
Snowdon Mountain Railway will be welcoming visitors back as trains commence service on Saturday following the easing of restrictions in Wales.

The Snowdon Mountain Railway will be welcoming visitors back as trains commence service on Saturday following the latest changes to restrictions in Wales.

The historic railway line first opened in 1896 and carries around 140,000 passengers in a normal year.

It normally follows a route that takes passengers on an idyllic 4.7 mile journey from Llanberis to Snowdon's summit.

But from Saturday until October it will be taking passengers three quarters of the distance up Snowdon, to Clogwyn Station.

The railway said that the Hafod Eryri, the Summit Visitor Centre, will remain closed this year.

In a statement it said that due to some restrictions remaining in place for the foreseeable future it will not be able to open the building for the 2021 season.

The building on the summit of Snowdon sees hundreds of thousands of walkers and train passengers each year.

The railway said it is hopeful it will be able to open and operate the summit site during the 2022 season.

Vince Hughes, commercial manager at Snowdon Mountain Railway said: “Last year was a challenging year for the tourism sector but with a UK Staycation boom forecast we’re looking forward to a successful 2021 season. We’re also extremely proud that the railway is entering its 125th year of taking passengers up Snowdon”.

For information and tickets visit www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

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