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Transport for Wales (TfW) has revealed a £194m ($241m) investment plan to upgrade 247 railway stations.

TfW will upgrade shelters, install CCTV, construct cycle storage and improved passenger information, as well as provide free Wi-Fi at all the stations in the next 15 years.

The Station Improvement Vision programme will bring in new retail facilities, develop community spaces at stations and businesses opportunities for local firms.

In addition, the upgrades will see the Secure Station Accreditation programme expansion, which will be carried out in association with the British Transport Police. This will help offer safer stations for customers.

Transport for Wales CEO James Price said: “Transport for Wales is transforming transport throughout Wales and the launch of our Station Improvement Vision indicates the start of a £194m ($241m) 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.”

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As part of its commitment to support the Welsh Government, TfW will provide at least 1,500 car parking spaces across the network.

In a project to be partly funded by the UK Department for Transport, TfW will install footbridges with lifts or ramps.

TfW has invited interested small and medium enterprises in Wales to submit applications for work related to the Station Improvement Vision.

Wales Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “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.”

“I warmly welcome Transport for Wales’ Station Improvement Vision, which will see a £194 ($241m) 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.”