Access Statement

Introduction

Ours is the oldest miniature railway in the UK, now run by Rhyl Steam Preservation Trust, a registered charity. Most of the staff who you will meet during your visit will be volunteers.

In 2007 we opened our new facility ‘Central Station’, which complies with all the latest standards for accessibility, at the same time we
adapted one of our carriages to enable visitors in wheelchairs to enjoy a train ride. We aim to continually improve our facilities and welcome feedback from our visitors.

Pre-Arrival

• The easiest way to find out about our facilities is from our website, where this access statement is available to be downloaded. We also
produce leaflets, which are available from tourist information centres and other outlets in the immediate area around us.

• The best ways to contact us are either by email or else via our Facebook page. We welcome enquiries by telephone, but for an
immediate response these will best be made in the evenings after 6pm. • We are located at the Marine Lake Park in the west end of Rhyl, 200 yards behind the promenade. By car from Rhyl Town Centre, follow the A548 towards Abergele, which will take you along the Wellington Road through the west end of the town. After Aldi to the left, look for the white on brown signs (left then right) to the lake car park.

• By car from the west, cross the blue bridge, then at the roundabout turn right towards the town centre; our train is then immediately on the right and the car park is signed to the right beyond it. A new shopping centre at Marina Quay, opposite to us, is due to open during 2017. Pont y Ddraig, the new iconic footbridge over Foryd Harbour, is located only a short walk from us. It is possible to walk to Marine Lake from the harbour car park or to walk from the Marine Lake car park over the bridge to the harbour.

• By foot, be prepared for a 20 minute walk (approx one mile) from the town centre or from the Central Promenade.

• Frequent buses from the town centre towards Towyn and Abergele can call directly next to our station. Taxis are always available from
the rank next to the main line station in Rhyl town centre.

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

• There is plentiful free car parking in the Marine Lake car park. Visitors should follow the white on brown signs along Westbourne
Avenue, then enter the Marine Lake site over the speed bumps, underneath the height barrier and over our railway track. The shortest
walk to our station is from the farthest car park spaces, to the right from the car park entrance.

• By walking over the concrete area towards the lake, you are sure to see ‘Central Station’, which is located on the north side of the lake
next to the main road, approx 150yds from the car park. Most passengers ascend the steps to our platform, but there is also an
accessible pathway a little further on.

• Pedestrians can, if they wish, enter the site underneath the blue arch, and there is also a DDA compliant entrance at the back of our
building onto the pavement of the main road. This is useful for pedestrians from the Towyn direction, or for visitors arriving from the
bus stop nearby. This site access is the one which points towards Pont y Ddraig, Foryd Harbour, and Marina Quay.
Main Entrance, Reception & Ticketing Area

• The facilities of ‘Central Station’ are all on one level, and can be accessed from any of three entrance points which are open when
trains are running. Most visitors head for the train itself, and then enter the building along the platform.

• There is a charge to ride on the train, but access to the station, museum and toilets is free. • The building is fitted with induction loops, and there is also an amplifier at the ticket office counter to assist customers who might be hard of hearing. The ticket office counter is at waist height. The ticket office staff will normally be the main point of customer contact, and will do all they can to assist visitors with particular needs.

Public Areas – Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc

• The main platform is 3 metres deep and is the main circulation area of ‘Central Station’. Seating is available for those who just want to
watch the trains.

• Dogs are welcome, in the building and on the trains. Water bowls can be provided upon request, if they are not already in place.

• The edge of the platform is signified by tactile paving. The door into the WC area has a tactile and braille sign.

• At the back of the platform and inside the museum are display panels with very large text size.

Public WCs

A door from the platform leads to the communal washroom area. Along the right hand side is a long trough with press taps for washing
hands. Beyond that is an accessible WC equipped to all the latest standards, including an alarm pull cord (it reports to the wash area
and to the ticket office). In this WC there is also a baby changing unit (not in the transfer space).

• From the communal wash area doors lead to two female WCs, and also to a separate gents section. In here there is a urinal and a WC,
and also a small sink for washing hands.

• The doors in the wash area all have tactile and braille signs.

Shop

• The railway’s souvenir guide book is available from the ticket office window. We sell a wide range of books and gifts aimed at the younger visitor, which are displayed behind the glass screens of the ticket office. We can also provide tea, coffee, soft drinks, confectionery and ice cream.
• All of our goods are sold over the ticket office counter, which is at waist height. Prices are clearly displayed, and our volunteers are on
hand to answer any questions which customers may ask.

Leisure Facilities

• A door from the platform leads into the ‘Albert Barnes Room’, our museum. It tells the story of our railway, and is named after its one
time manager and builder of its locomotives. Indeed one of his engines, named BILLY, is displayed here.

• The museum is on the same level as the platform, and there is space at the end of each side of the room for wheelchairs to be
turned. Small exhibits are displayed inside a case, which has shelves at all levels from knee height to shoulder height.

• At one end of the museum is our touch screen audio visual machine, which has a slave monitor overhead. The touch screen is mounted on a wooden pedestal of dimensions specifically designed for wheelchair access.

Outdoor Facilities

• There is a patio area between ‘Central Station’ and the lake path. Seating is available both here and nearby where teas or ice creams
can be enjoyed when the sun is shining.

• Facing the play area is our new station canopy and bench. Behind this is basic information about the railway, and in the notice board
information about our hours of opening.

Train Rides

• We can operate various different trains which each have their own characteristics. Most of volunteers are pretty friendly, and will help out to reduce difficulties of access to the train whenever they can.

• If your visit is on a peak day it is likely that a set of our ‘Milnes’ rolling stock will be running. These vehicles have seats all facing the
direction of travel, and without any step from platform level. We have two sets of four vehicles, the first painted red and the second painted blue.

• At the back of each of these trains will be a coach which we adapted for passengers in wheelchairs. This has a fold-down ramp to the
platform, and along the vehicle floor is a locking system which can be used to secure a wheelchair from being able to move whilst the train is in motion. If you intend to use this facility, please seek assistance from the train guard, who will be pleased to help.

• Midweek and on Saturdays we may operate our electric tramcar. This vehicle is enclosed, and its doors have a low entrance from the
platform. Occasionally, some customers do have difficulty accessing this vehicle. We can, subject to a short delay, attach one of our other
coaches to the back of the tramcar should this be required. We also have two other enclosed coaches with higher access than the
tramcar.

Additional Information

• Having three entrances all on one level, ‘Central Station’ can be evacuated quickly, to the assembly area adjacent to Marine Lake.

• It is against the law to smoke inside ‘Central Station’, as is the case with all public buildings in Wales.

Contact Information

Site Address: Central Station, Marine Lake, Wellington Road, Rhyl
LL18 1AQ

Admin Address: 10 Cilnant, Mold, Flintshire CH7 1GG.

Telephone: 01352 759109 (answerphone during working hours)

Fax: 01352 751198

Email: info@rhylminiaturerailway.co.uk

Website: www.rhylminiaturerailway.co.uk

Grid reference: SH999807

Hours of operation: The railway is open from 10.30am to 4pm every
weekend from Easter to the end of September, also on Bank Holiday
Mondays and daily during the Summer School Holidays.

Future Plans
• We would welcome more volunteers, especially those who may have
skills to improve the range of access which we offer to our visitors.

Contact Telephone and Email Address
We welcome your feedback to help us continually improve; if you
have any comments please phone 01352 759109 or email
info@rhylminiaturerailway.co.uk.
Created: 24 November 2008
Revised 29th December 2016