£2.5 millon investment to revamp Rhyl train station
Wednesday 14 November 2012 18:05
RHYL train station will get a £2.5 million investment to improve disabled access and build new toilets.
Welsh Government funding will also help improve the layout of the station, refurbish and enhance the retail unit, lighting, CCTV, waiting shelters and create a customer information point.
Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones, a regular user of the station, said the investment would help elderly and disabled users who have struggled getting to the platforms.
She said: “The decision to invest over £2.5m in Rhyl’s station is a welcome one.
“Having campaigned for extra investment in the station for some time I’m really pleased the hard work has paid off.
“Not only will the new look station have new toilets, waiting shelters and a customer information point but the work will also make the station easily accessable for the many elderly and disabled users who have struggled getting to the platforms.
“Investment like this is key to improving the services we offer both to residents and to tourists who travel to Rhyl from Wales and the wider world.”
In total more than £40m will be spent throughout Wales through the European Regional Development Fund, Welsh Government rail capital funding, the DfT national station improvement programme, Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales, the Regional Transport Consortia, local authorities, the private sector and the Railway Heritage Trust.
It aims to encourage the use of rail service to access jobs, shops and recreation as well as improving accessibility.
Transport minister Carl Sargeant said: “Developing a truly sustainable transport network in Wales is vital if we are to further encourage the public to use rail more frequently.
“By developing train stations that are cleaner, more accessible and safer we will encourage more people to consider taking the train over the car.”