Holyhead station improvement proposals

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Holyhead station scheme background

The Holyhead station scheme is being developed using WelTAG (the Welsh Government’s transport appraisal guidance). Currently, the Holyhead station scheme is going through WelTAG Stage 2 (Outline Business Case). WelTAG 2017 sets out a process and broad framework for identifying, appraising and evaluating solutions to address transport-related issues. It helps to identify the most beneficial scheme and allows schemes to be compared on a like-for-like basis.

The WelTAG process comprises five stages which are intended to cover the lifecycle of a proposed transport scheme, from conception to post-implementation evaluation.

The five stages of WelTAG are:


Scheme information
Feedback form
Frequently Asked Questions
Get in touch


Holyhead station scheme background

The Holyhead station scheme is being developed using WelTAG (the Welsh Government’s transport appraisal guidance). Currently, the Holyhead station scheme is going through WelTAG Stage 2 (Outline Business Case). WelTAG 2017 sets out a process and broad framework for identifying, appraising and evaluating solutions to address transport-related issues. It helps to identify the most beneficial scheme and allows schemes to be compared on a like-for-like basis.

The WelTAG process comprises five stages which are intended to cover the lifecycle of a proposed transport scheme, from conception to post-implementation evaluation.

The five stages of WelTAG are:

  • Stage One – Strategic Outline Case
  • Stage Two – Outline Business Case
  • Stage Three – Full Business Case
  • Stage Four – Implementation
  • Stage Five – Post Implementation (Monitoring and Evaluation)

An update to WelTAG guidance (to reflect Llwybr Newydd, the new Wales transport strategy 2021) was published by the Welsh Government in August 2022 and is currently out for consultation.

How to provide your views

You can provide your feedback anytime during the options consultation period. The options consultation period will run from Thursday 10 November until midnight on Thursday 22 December 2022.

You can provide your views by:

Scheme options

This study takes a long-term holistic approach to making the improvements needed to establish Holyhead station as a transport hub. To do this, the focus has been on a number of general improvement areas, which are summarised below along with some of the options that have been considered:

Wayfinding

  • Improve signage within the railway station
  • Improve signage between the railway station and Holyhead Town Centre
  • Improve provision and quality of signage which welcomes visitors and makes the station feel welcoming and attractive (as a gateway to Wales.)

Accessibility

  • Make Black Bridge pedestrian and cyclist only
  • Make Black Bridge single lane/one way traffic
  • Remove existing footbridge (between platform 1 and Victoria Road)
  • Replace the existing footbridge (between platform 1 and Victoria Road) with a new footbridge.
  • Create pedestrian link from Celtic Gateway Bridge to Victoria Road to increase accessibility to the lower level of Victoria Road
  • Improve access to Holyhead station making it accessible for all – particularly those with limited mobility, in wheelchairs or with pushchairs

Active travel

  • Introduce designated cycle lanes and footways on Black Bridge and the entrances to the station
  • Ensure existing active travel routes to the station and wider Holyhead area are integrated with the initiatives at the station
  • Increase active travel infrastructure by providing cycle storage facilities at the station
  • Provide rentable bicycles at the station
  • Provide new pedestrian footways and cycle ways within the station
  • Repurpose car parking facilities to the east of the station at the Black Bridge/A55 junction for pedestrian and cycle access
  • Remove contradictory signage within the station that could deter cyclists

Physical environment

  • Rearrange the area to the east of the station to create space for a transport hub
  • Refill part of the harbour and redevelop the land to improve the station environment.
  • Refurbish and transform areas of the station that are currently derelict into retail and community opportunities

Inside the station

  • Redesign platform 1 to improve the appeal, making the most of the inner harbour view
  • Remove buildings on platform 1, but with a new canopy to shelter passengers provided
  • Reopen and use space between platforms 2 and 3 where there is a ‘missing platform’
  • Install a canopy on platform 3
  • Relocate public transport services from platform 1 to other platforms, so the focus of all transport operations is on platforms 2-3, leaving platform 1 available for other operational purposes (i.e., train maintenance and freight services)

Integration with other modes of transport

  • Provide Holyhead with a dedicated transport interchange hub located at Holyhead station
  • Integrate ticketing between rail, ferry and bus
  • Improve integration between rail and port timings to avoid arrival and departure times overlapping and causing delays
  • Increase public transport offer at the station by improving integration with local bus services
  • Relocate the bus stops currently located on Victoria Road to reduce the walking distance to the station entrance
  • Restore rail services to pre-pandemic frequency levels
  • Increase the frequency of rail services to key economic centres in Wales and England

Anti-social behaviour

  • There is also an overarching option that focuses on the need to address anti-social behaviour


Public exhibition

We are holding a public exhibition during the options consultation period at: Market Hall, Stanley Street, Holyhead LL65 1HH on 24 November 2022 between 12pm and 8pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend to view the scheme proposals and speak with project team members.


Deposit locations

You can find scheme information and paper feedback forms at:

  • Holyhead station (London Road, Holyhead, L65 2NE)
  • Holyhead Library (Holyhead Library, Holyhead Market Hall, Stanley Street, Holyhead, LL65 1HH)


Scheme contact information

Please contact us if you would like any further information.

  • Phone: 01492 588 327 (please note this is a standard phoneline with usual charges)

  • Email: holyheadstation@mottmac.com

  • Post: Freepost HOLYHEAD STATION CONSULTATION

  • Have your say

    We are carrying out a six-week options consultation for the proposed Holyhead station WelTAG Stage 2 scheme, which aims to transform the station into a local transport hub.

    We invite you to give your views on the options by completing this feedback form. Information about the scheme can be found at: haveyoursay.tfw.wales/holyhead-station

    Please note: The scheme is currently at an early stage. We have not developed any detailed plans for any of the proposed options and these are initial ideas only. As such we have not sought or secured any funding for the scheme yet.

    We want to share the options that have been discussed with you and request your thoughts as we progress towards choosing our preferred option(s).


     

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