Now that the WHR Millennium Commission Project is up and running, we have been attending to the various snagging works which will be ongoing during the winter. However, apart from constructing a station at Caernarfon, the project is now complete as far as the Millennium Commission is concerned and the team at the Dinas office are putting together a completion record at the request of the Millennium Commission. We are seeking the Millennium Commission's formal agreement to construct a "portacabin style" station at Caernarfon for the 2004 season so that we can have a better commercial presence there.
As the Millennium Commission part of the project is now complete, it is necessary to wind down Welsh Highland Light Railway Limited's operation and so three of the track team have transferred to the Festiniog Railway Company for ongoing work on the WHR track. Pete Gray is also transferring to the FR as the Senior Permanent Way Supervisor (WHR). Jan Woods will soon be leaving us and the Board would like to record their grateful thanks for her hard work. We hope that if and when Phase 4 is able to start, we will be able to welcome her back to continue her good work.
Roland Doyle has kindly offered to stay on for one day a week from the beginning of February in order to provide continuity pending a decision on Phase 4. We are very grateful to him for his extremely hard work throughout the Millennium Commission project and for agreeing to stay on to provide this continuity which is very valuable whilst we work out a funding and commercial package for Phase 4.
We were all delighted to welcome the funding support from Government and from our generous sponsors. Such a response from enthusiasts and the general public is an even stronger vote of confidence in what we are trying to do. It will take five years to complete the restoration but when the project is complete we shall have created a major asset for tourism in Wales. The combination of train and magnificent scenery is world-class. We look forward to putting the Snowdonian train on the international visitor map to vie with the Glacier Express. We shall offer the way for thousands to enjoy the wonderful views in pleasurable comfort by train.