Ystrad Mynach

The Welsh Government has launched a £12m scheme to fund the access improvements at five railway stations in Wales.

Of the total funds, around £7m will be provided by the Welsh Government, while the remainder £5m will come from the Department for Transport.

The funds will be used to develop step and obstacle-free routes to platforms and station entrances through new footbridges, lifts and ramps at Chirk, Llandaf, Machynlleth, Radyr and Ystrad Mynach stations, as part of the Access for All programme.

Network Rail will oversee the improvement works at the stations.

Network Rail Wales route managing director Mark Langman said: "These enhancements will help passengers get access to platforms and cross more easily between them through the installation of new footbridges with ramps or lifts."

"This scheme will greatly improve access to a number of stations and ensure more people can use the train."

Work at Ystrad Mynach will commence later this month, while enhancements at others stations is expected to begin in May and June.

The projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year or early 2015.

Wales Transport Minister Edwina Hart said: "This scheme will greatly improve access to a number of stations and ensure more people can use the train. This is another significant investment by the Welsh Government to meet our objectives of delivering a modern, accessible and affordable rail system for Wales."


Image: Ystrad Mynach railway station in Wales. Photo: courtesy of nantcoly.