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Rail link proposal still on right track.

Byline: Tryst Williams

THE project to complete a locomotive railway link in Barry is gathering a full head of steam.

Vale of Glamorgan county councillors are due to discuss the latest planning application for the Hood Rood to Barry Island line tomorrow.

And if the plans are passed, the railway could benefit from a new platform, an extended car park and the removal of an "unsightly" tin shed.

A report by the Vale's director of environmental and economic regeneration Rob Quick recommends councillors approve the plans.

Barry traders have already given a thumbs-up, saying the initiative could provide a welcome boost for the town's businesses.

Bob Armstrong, president of the High Street Traders' Association, said: "Anything of this nature, which is going to get rid of the old image of Barry and move it forward, has got to be an improvement.

"The car park is for the station but it will help us too - just as the steam trains running over Christmas helped us."

This second phase of the project follows last April's journey by the steam train Pamela - the first steam train journey from the resort to the town in almost 40 years.

The project has been made possible by Barry Action, a partnership between the Welsh Development Agency and the Vale of Glamorgan County Council to regenerate the town.

The latest planning application proposes:

a 100m track extension;

the replacement of a temporary platform with a 70m-long permanent platform;

an extended car park for 215 vehicles as well as a 600 square metre over-spill car park;

the removal of a tin shed and the restoration of a Victorian brick shed.

In his report, Mr Quick says the removal of the tin shed would be "a major visual improvement to this area" and the proposals would "allow regular steam train operations between this site and Barry Island".

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STEAMING AHEAD - Plans for the Barry Island steam railway link are to be discussed by councillors tomorrow.
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