Council welcomes Port Talbot railway station investment

08 November 2012

Neath Port Talbot Council has warmly welcomed the award of a multi-million pound investment to upgrade Port Talbot railway station.

Councillor Alun Thomas

Funding has been secured to replace the existing building with a new state of the art landmark station fit for the 21st century.

The design features lift access to the platform as well as a new enclosed footbridge and CCTV improving both accessibility and safety for passengers. The station building will house a new ticket office and waiting areas, new toilets and improvements to customer information.

The project also includes a 200 space car park with a park and ride for commuters along with improved facilities for cyclists, bus passengers and taxis.

The station refurbishment is the latest in a series of developments which are transforming the area to the south of the town as part of the council's Harbourside masterplan. Work began in July on an R&D village. The Harbour Way link road is on schedule for completion in September 2013, which will provide another first class transport connection for businesses located near the docks.

Working in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail, Neath Port Talbot Council submitted a bid to the Welsh Government's National Station Improvement Programme in December 2011.

Council Leader Cllr Ali Thomas welcomed the announcement, and said: "The redevelopment of Port Talbot Parkway station is excellent news not only for the town but for the county borough as a whole."

"Improvements have been needed for a long time, particularly to meet the needs of disabled passengers. The lifts will provide step free access to the platform which will increase accessibility for all."

"The planned electrification of the main railway line means it is more important than ever that the station is a fitting gateway to the local area. This will complement both the enhancement works that have been taking place in the town centre and the redevelopment of Harbourside."

Jon Ferriman, Director of Tata Steel, said: "We're delighted to be able to support this project, which should give a boost to the whole town." He continued, "we continually seek to support our local communities in many ways through events, school activities and environmental projects. This investment in Port Talbot's Parkway station is a great opportunity to support a high profile project with our own material, steel."

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