The UK Government is set to invest up to £58m to upgrade Cardiff Central Station on the South Wales Main Line.

The funding builds on the government’s £5bn commitment to overhaul railway services on the Great Western Mainline between South Wales and London.

With the funding, several upgrades, including lengthening the platforms, will be carried out to enable the station to accommodate longer trains with more seats.

The upgrades will also help in mitigating congestion through the station during peak hours.

UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: “Passengers in Cardiff deserve a modern, accessible station at the heart of their vibrant city centre.

“This funding has the potential to deliver just that, ensuring more reliable, comfortable and faster journeys into and out of the capital.”

The government also announced plans to build a new West Wales Parkway station near Swansea. The station will help to further strengthen the capacity of the railway system across the south and west of Wales.

Wales Secretary of State Alun Cairns said: “This funding will allow Cardiff to become an attractive tourist and commuter destination at a crucial time in the city’s regeneration.

“We are also committing to progressing plans for a West Wales Parkway station, which will deliver time savings of up to a quarter of an hour from Pembrokeshire to Cardiff and increase local connectivity around Swansea to provide greater opportunities for the whole of the Swansea Bay City region.”

Earlier this month, the UK Government launched a £20m fund to carry out accessibility improvements at stations. The works will make the stations more accessible for disabled passengers.