Aberystwyth to benefit from rail improvements

Aberystwyth Train Station - Photo Tomos Nolan

Aberystwyth Train Station – Photo Tomos Nolan

TRAVELLING from Aberystwyth train station is to be improved, thanks to an improvement scheme announced by the Welsh Government and Network Rail.

Aberystwyth is to receive £3.1 million out of the total £24 million project, which is to improve five stations across Wales. The project is to be funded by the Welsh government, Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales, as well a grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

The improvements include revamping buildings in the station to create space for a retail unit, a larger waiting room and new toilets for customers. There is also a plan to improve the step-free access to the station through the installation of a new ramp on the taxi-rank entrance, as well as improvements to CCTV and customer service information boards.

Speaking at the official launch of the improvements, Mark Langman, Network Rail’s Wales route managing director, said: “The aim of the scheme is to revitalise the station environments by making noticeable and lasting improvements for the benefit of passengers. Stations are the shop window for the railway and we hope this improvement programme will encourage even more people on to the trains at a time when we are seeing record passenger numbers.”

“In the longer term, revitalising the stations and improving the gateways to these communities may also act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area. Each of the stations will remain open during construction and we will work to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Work is set to start early this year, with an estimated finish time of December 2014, in time for the end of first semester of the next academic year.