WORK to refurbish Rhyl train station started today (Tuesday).
The £2.5m project will see a major upgrade of the existing station buildings to provide a modern, fit for purpose station with improved passenger facilities.
This will include the refurbishment of the existing ticket office and toilets as well as the installation of a new information point, waiting shelter, platform furniture and customer information screens.
Work will also be undertaken to improve access, including a refurbishment of the footbridge to provide better access to the platforms, with improved lighting and CCTV making it easier for elderly and disabled customers.
The work has begun due to the station being selected as one of the facilities to be regenerated as part of the £24m Wales Station Improvement Scheme.
Edwina Hart, Transport Minister said: "Trains are a vital service for many people to access jobs and services. We want to make our rail stations accessible to all and ensure a pleasant experience for passengers."
There are hopes that this will encourage more people to travel by train, as the experience will be a safer and more enjoyable one.
The changes also come as one more step towards the progress in the campaign for revitalising the whole of Rhyl.
Mark Langman, Network Rail's Wales route managing director said: "In the longer term, revitalising the station and improving the gateway to Rhyl may also act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area."
The work at Rhyl Station will continue until late 2014.
Throughout the majority of the works, the main station building will be closed to passengers and a temporary ticket office will be in use.
Access to all platforms will be via the 'night gate' adjacent to the station building, which is accessible to all station users.