Thursday 28 Jun 2007


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
Newport Station's newly-extended platform was officially opened today by Dr Brian Gibbons, Minister for the Economy & Transport. The extension to this platform is part of Network Rail's wider investment to improve train performance and make services more reliable between South Wales and London Paddington over the next few years. The £5.5 million platform 4 has been funded by Network Rail to improve train travel to and from Newport towards Cardiff and London. Robbie Burns, Network Rail's Western Route Director, said: "As part of our wider investment in the railway in Wales, we are really pleased to have led this project. The new platform will ease congestion and passengers will see an improvement in the reliability of trains passing through the station." Robbie Burns and Dr Brian Gibbons arrived at Newport Station on Network Rail's New Measurement Train (NMT), the first train to use the newly-extended platform. The NMT is designed for assessing the condition of the track throughout the UK. Dr Brian Gibbons, Minister for the Economy and Transport said: "Network Rail’s investment in extending Platform 4 and improving the station facilities is good news for commuters using this line. The extended platform will accommodate longer trains, improving train capacity and easing congestion at peak times. "This work will also improve passenger facilities and is the first step towards a wider improvement programme for Newport Station which is due to be completed prior to the Ryder cup in 2010." As part of the £5.5 million project, passengers will now benefit from new waiting facilities, state-of-the-art information systems, modern security systems and improved lighting, on Platform 4. Mike Bagshaw, Commercial Director for Arriva Trains Wales, said: "Newport is a busy station and an important interchange. This investment in an additional platform will improve reliability of services by easing congestion for trains coming into the station."

Notes to editors

The new platform will come into public use on Monday 2 July. Part of the project involved moving a freight depot adjacent to Newport Station to Alexandra Dock Junction.

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