Ystrad Mynach train station to get £1.6m makeover
1:01am Monday 9th December 2013 in News
YSTRAD Mynach train station has been given a £1.6 million facelift thanks to a European-backed programme.
It comes as part of a £24m fund, backed by the Welsh Government, to transform five railway stations across Wales announced today by Transport Minister, Edwina Hart.
The £1.6m improvement works at Ystrad Mynach station will see the construction of a new ticket office, passenger waiting facilities on both platforms, and general improvements to the station environment.
Alan Angel, councillor for Ystrad Mynach, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant news. Ystrad Mynach is forever growing and it’s about time something was done to the railway station which is very popular with the park and ride as well.”
The Welsh Government will be contributing £5.1m towards the programme, while Network Rail will be providing £0.7m, Arriva Trains Wales £0.4m.
The work announced today is part of a wider £39m programme, with £21m ERDF backing, to improve rail stations across Wales.
Mrs Hart said: “I am very pleased to see work start on this programme of improvements which will transform five stations across Wales. Using European funds, this programme will help meet our objectives of delivering a modern, accessible and affordable rail system for Wales.
“Trains are a vital service for many people to access jobs and services. We want to make our rail stations accessible to all and ensure a pleasant experience for passengers. Provision of extra park and ride spaces is an important part of our strategy to reduce reliance on the car for people to get to work or go shopping.”
Delivering the scheme on behalf of the Welsh Government will be Network Rail. 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.”
Mike Bagshaw, Commercial Director of Arriva Trains Wales, said: “This additional investment in the rail network will result in an even better customer experience for rail travellers in Wales.”
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