Ticket to ride at famous station
OWING to the sheer number of letters (58), the station appears as “Llanfairpwll” on conventional train tickets. But to mark the arrival of the National Eisteddfod on Anglesey last week, Arriva Trains Wales produced an example to show how big a train ticket might have to be to fit the entire name on. Visitors come from far and wide to have their photo taken by the sign for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, and it is hoped the giant ticket banner will give them another reason to make the trip to North Wales, as well as encouraging interest in the Welsh language. The giant ticket is 4.7 metres long by 3.08 metres wide. In comparison, a standard cardboard ticket is just 8.4cm by 5.4cm. Arriva Trains Wales Customer Services Director Lynne Milligan said tourists from as far afield as America, Japan and Australia regularly visit the station because of its famous name.