TfW: 6500 More Spaces to Improve Capacity in Wales
One major complaint of rail passengers in Wales has been capacity. In response, TfW is introducing 6500 extra spaces per week from December.
Transport for Wales has published its Station Improvement Vision. In it, it says it will invest 194 million GBP (219 million euros | 242 million USD) in improving all 247 railway stations in Wales.
It has published its ‘Station Improvement Vision’ to show off how Welsh stations will change over the next 15 years. Station improvements will see most stations have free wifi by 2020. By 2022 most stations will have modern ticket machines. Furthermore, Transport for Wales wants to improve shelters at all stations (2022) and CCTV systems (2023), bicycle storage (2023) and passenger information displays.
A further avenue Transport for Wales wants to deepen is the creation of new retail facilities. This would give provide business opportunities and community spaces in stations.
Transport for Wales wants to expand the Secure Station Accreditation scheme, a UK programme run in collaboration with the British Transport Police. Stations would become safer and more welcoming for passengers as a result.
Another goal is to help more people make at least some of their journey by rail. TfW is doing this by creating at least 1,500 additional car parking spaces.
“Transport for Wales is transforming transport throughout Wales and the launch of our Station Improvement Vision indicates the start of a £194 million 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. We want to improve the overall customer experience and also work collaboratively to develop partnerships with local businesses and communities.”
The political reception was positive as well. Transport for Wales launched its vision in Swansea, a city celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“I warmly welcome Transport for Wales' Station Improvement Vision, which will see a £194 million 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. 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.”
Transport for Wales will also work with Network Rail to make its stations more accessible. It will deliver eleven Access for All schemes by 2024. This includes building footbridges with lifts or ramps. These works will be part-funded by the Department for Transport.
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