Plans to revamp Swansea railway station into a bright, accessible, clean and secure station fit for the 21st century are unveiled for the first time today.
More than 1.6m passengers who travel through the Swansea station every year are set to benefit from better journey experiences from the revamp.
The upgrade will also help boost Swansea’s public transport network as the scheme sits alongside ongoing works to refurbish the city’s Quadrant bus station.
An exhibition is now on show at the city’s high-street station that includes images of how the station will look upon the completion of the planned upgrade as well as information on what new features will be introduced.
The scheme, which is part of the Department for Transport’s national station improvement programme, is jointly led by Arriva Trains Wales, Network Rail and the Welsh Assembly Government. It also has firm support from Swansea Council, which sees the planned improvements to the station as a further boost to the city’s regeneration plans. The scheme will see a larger concourse area with better and more accessible passenger facilities, as well as new waiting shelters, new booking office with extra ticket vending machines, toilets, digital information boards, shops and CCTV cameras.
The station environment will also be significantly improved with refurbished canopies and modernised fittings that will blend in with existing architecture. Contracts to carry out the railway station revamp are currently being tendered for and work on site is expected to begin once the process is completed.
The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Economy and Transport said: “I am extremely pleased to be part of this partnership project which meets yet another of our commitments in our National Transport Plan. I am sure I speak for all our partners, Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales, and the City and County of Swansea, when I say that we are thoroughly looking forward to seeing the much needed work begin.
“This is certainly an exciting time for Swansea – I am sure passengers will be very proud of their new brighter, safer station for years to come.”
Chris Rayner, route director for Network Rail, said: “Stations are the railways’ shop-front and they have been ignored for too long. Over the next five years, stations are among Network Rail’s top priorities and, together with our partners, we will be investing around £85m into improving stations in Wales by 2014.
“Swansea is among the many stations to benefit from this wider investment. The transformed station will serve as a catalyst for further growth in rail usage in Swansea, while helping to provide a much better environment for the city. We have also listened to passengers and this plan will respond to their needs by improving their travel experience so that their rail journey will always be comfortable, convenient and safe.”