Great news for rail travellers in Ogmore and across Wales, as Welsh Government Economy and Transport Minister Ken Skates introduces Transport for Wales’ £194 million investment plan to improve all 247 railway stations across Wales over the next 15 years.
The ‘Station Improvement Vision’ highlights what customers and communities can expect to see at their local stations over the next fifteen years. It will vary greatly from station to station, from the geography of the station and whether it’s a listed building, to commercial factors with current leasers and how many passengers typically use the station.
Where possible, Transport for Wales will deliver free Wi-Fi, improved shelters, CCTV, provision for cycle storage, passenger information whilst also creating new retail facilities, presenting opportunities for local businesses and work in partnership to develop community spaces at stations. Improvements will also include expanding the Secure Station Accreditation programme – in conjunction with the British Transport Police – which will make our stations safer and more welcoming for customers.
Demonstrating their commitment and supporting Welsh Government’s plans to create a more sustainable Wales through deduction in carbon emissions generated through transport, TfW will create at least 1,500 additional car parking spaces across the network, making it easier for people to leave their car and use public transport.
The Vision also highlights how accessibility will be enhanced across the network with the delivery of eleven Access for All schemes by 2024, with the installation of footbridges with lifts or ramps, part funded by the UK Department for Transport.
As part of their plans to reinvest in our communities, TfW has held events and workshops aimed at small and medium enterprises in Wales, providing opportunities for them to bid for work linked to the Station Improvement Vision.
Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies who is also Chair of the National Assembly Group on the Active Travel Act welcomed the news saying: “At this crucial time when the future of rail services in Wales are changing rapidly, it is good to see the Welsh Government’s continued commitment to improving our rail travel experience.
Bridgend ‘Interchange’ Railway station is already one of the busiest in Wales and improvement works have already begun to make it a brighter, better, safer and more accessible station to include many of the improvements listed in the ‘Station Improvement Vision’ plan.
By working together with the support of local campaigners, transport operators, councils, UK and Welsh Governments, we can ensure we get the improvements we want and make future transport for Ogmore and surrounding areas accessible for everyone.”
James Price, Transport for Wales CEO said: “Transport for Wales is transforming transport throughout Wales and the launch of our Station Improvement Vision indicates the start of a £194 million investment programme. This investment into all our 247 railway stations will improve the way they look, make them safer and provide more commercial and community opportunities.”
“We want to improve the overall customer experience and also work collaboratively to develop partnerships with local businesses and communities.”
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.”