- March 20, 2014
- Posted by: Llandaff North Labour
- Category: Latest News
£12m to improve access at five Welsh train stations
The Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced £12m funding for access improvements at five train stations across Wales.
Chirk, Llandaf, Machynlleth, Radyr and Ystrad Mynach stations will receive the money as part of the Access for All programme to create step and obstacle-free routes to platforms and station entrances, through new foot bridges, lifts and ramps. Work will start at Ystrad Mynach later this month, with the others starting in May and June.
Mrs Hart said: “This scheme will greatly improve access to a number of stations and ensure more people can use the train. This is another significant investment by the Welsh Government to meet our objectives of delivering a modern, accessible and affordable rail system for Wales.
“Public transport is a vital way for many people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society, to access jobs and services. I want to make sure our rail stations are accessible to all and offer a comfortable experience for passengers.”
The programme is funded by £7m from the Welsh Government and £5m from the Department for Transport. Network Rail will be carrying out the works.
Mark Langman, Route Managing Director Network Rail Wales said: “These enhancements will help passengers get access to platforms and cross more easily between them through the installation of new footbridges with ramps or lifts. Step-free access not only benefits disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, but also people with children, heavy luggage or shopping. In most cases, the improvements will open up the stations and the rail network to users who may not have been able to access them previously.”
Chirk station will benefit from a new £2m ramped footbridge – providing an accessible route to platform one (for south-bound trains) for the first time. The project will also provide an accessible drop off point, disabled car park spaces, improved station signage and some new tactile paving. Work will start in May and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
A £2.5m project at Llandaf station will involve the installation of a new stepped-footbridge with two lifts. This will provide a fully accessible route to platform two (for Cardiff-bound trains) for the first time. The project will also provide an accessible drop off point, disabled car park spaces, improved station signage and some new tactile paving. Work starts in May and is due to be completed by the end of 2014.
Machynlleth station will receive £2.5m for a new stepped-footbridge with two lifts to help passengers to cross more easily between platforms. The improvements at the station will provide a step and obstacle free route allowing all passengers to access both platforms, ticket office, café and waiting room from the main station entrance. The project will also provide an accessible drop off point, disabled car park spaces, improved station signage, new tactile paving, induction loop at the ticket office and improved disabled toilet. Work will start in June 2014 and is due to be completed by the end of 2014.
A £3m stepped-footbridge with three lifts will be installed at Radyr, in order to serve all three platforms. The project will provide a fully accessible route to the station and platforms for the first time. Work starts in June and should be completed by February 2015.
A £2m project at Ystrad Mynach will see the installation of a stepped footbridge with two lifts to help passengers cross more easily between platforms. The improvements at the station will provide a step and obstacle-free route allowing all passengers to easily access both platforms, ticket office and waiting room from the main station entrance. Construction at Ystrad Mynach will start later this month and is due to be completed by the end of 2014.