Wednesday 6 Feb 2019
Vale of Glamorgan MP visits soon-to-be upgraded stations
Vale of Glamorgan MP, Alun Cairns, met with Network Rail representatives to find out more about the accessibility upgrades planned for Barry and Cadoxton stations.
Access improvements are currently being designed for both stations and will be delivered through UK Government’s ‘Access for All’ funding with match-funding from Welsh Government. Once designs have been completed, work is expected to begin at Cadoxton Station in Summer 2019, and at Barry station in 2020.
Dale Crutcher, senior commercial scheme sponsor for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “Improving access at stations will make a real difference to passengers by making it easier for people to get to work, or travel to see friends and family.
“We are delivering record levels of investment over the next five years to cater for increasing demand and to transform the railway in Wales.”
Alun Cairns MP said: “I’m really pleased to see funding from the UK Government being allocated locally, so that much needed improvements to accessibility can be carried out at Cadoxton and Barry train stations. The regeneration of Barry as a whole is one of my biggest priorities and attracting investment is a key part of that. The station upgrades add to this and helps to make Barry a better place to live and work.”
The funding for these schemes was allocated at the beginning of Network Rail’s current control period (2014-2019). The UK Government has allocated a further £300m funding to continue with the Access for All Programme in Control Period 6 (2019-2024).
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We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.