High Street Station to get slice of £194 million cash boost
Swansea’s High Street Station is among those set to benefit from a cash injection for Welsh railway stations.
Transport for Wales have announced details of the £194 million investment plan to improve all 247 railway stations across Wales.
The Station Improvement Vision highlights what improvements customers and communities can expect to see at their local stations over the next fifteen years.
They say the ambitious programme will deliver free WiFi, improved shelters, CCTV, improved provision for cycle storage and improved passenger information, at every station.
Where possible, Transport for Wales will also create new retail facilities, presenting opportunities for local businesses and work in partnership to develop community spaces at stations.
The plans also include the creation of at least 1,500 additional car parking spaces across the network, making it easier for people to leave their car and use public transport.
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said:
“I applaud TfW’s investment in Swansea’s High Street Station; I’m pleased they’re working with the council to improve this crucial gateway to the city.
“A brighter, fresher, more modern welcome to rail users into Swansea is very welcome; it complements the council’s plans to regenerate the city centre and the High Street area.
“Being the first project in TfW’s all-Wales station improvement vision, this adds to the excitement being generated by the celebrations around our 50th anniversary as a city.
“Swansea is undergoing its biggest regeneration for more than a generation. We are creating new opportunities that will see thousands more people live, work and play in the city centre.”
Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport said:
“I warmly welcome Transport for Wales’ Station Improvement Vision, which will see a £194 million investment in railway stations the length and breadth of Wales and the Borders. Over the next 15 years this huge investment will vastly improve important gateways to our cities, towns and villages.
“The vision has been launched in Swansea - as it celebrates its 50th year as a City - where it will contribute to the development of a metro system ready to meet the transport needs of the future. There are ambitious plans to deliver an improved railway and public transport network across all of Wales and the investment announced today will be a significant step towards that.”