Swansea railway station has been given a dramatic transformation with Network Rail and Transport for Wales (TfW) coming together to deliver key improvements.
An investment of more than £7.5M in the station, which first opened 171 years ago, is the biggest in more than a decade and will make passengers’ journeys more reliable, comfortable and enjoyable.
Almost the entire length of platform four has been rebuilt and is now 260m long. The improvement means the platform can now accommodate 10 carriage intercity trains, providing more flexibility for passengers.
The station itself has had a major refresh with improved ticket-buying facilities, new toilets, and refurbished space for use by local businesses and community groups.
Network Rail Wales and Borders route director Bill Kelly said the work is part of the “wider commitment” to improve journeys and stations for passengers across the Wales and Borders network.
“Working with TfW, our engineers and contractors have worked around the clock to deliver a transport hub which the city of Swansea can be proud of,” he said.
“We would like to thank the local community for their patience over the last few months while we delivered these improvements.”
TfW project manager Yasmin Browning said the work “has gone a long way to transforming the station for customers”.
Browning said: “Enhancements across the length and breadth of the station mean better customer access to information and more comfortable surroundings whilst waiting to depart.
“The extended Platform 4 not only looks great but will allow for more options bringing trains in and out of the station, helping deliver key capacity improvements. This project has shown how close collaboration with our Network Rail Partners can deliver for customers.”
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart also welcomed the investment.
“With space for bigger trains and upgraded facilities it is a real uplift for the city, which is currently undergoing a £1bn regeneration programme,” he said.
“Great transport links are an essential part of any thriving and ambitious city, and these improvements will make such a difference to people travelling to and from here.”
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