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Investment will help create 'affordable rail system'

Speaking at Port Talbot Parkway station this morning, where work will begin next week, Transport Minister Edwina Hart told ITV News today's investment will help improve passenger experience and encourage the use of public transport.

I am very pleased to see work start on this programme of improvements which will transform five stations across Wales. Using European funds, this programme will help meet our objectives of delivering a modern, accessible and affordable rail system for Wales.

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. Provision of extra park and ride spaces is an important part of our strategy to reduce reliance on the car for people to get to work or go shopping.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister

Multi-million pound investment for railway stations

The announcement is part of a wider £39m programme to improve rail stations across Wales. Credit: PA Images

The Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced a £24m investment to transform five railway stations across Wales.

The money will be used to improve customer facilities, platforms and access at Aberystwyth, Pontypridd, Port Talbot Parkway, Rhyl and Ystrad Mynach stations.

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) will give £17m to the project alongside contributions from the Welsh Government, Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail.

The news comes as a report found train stations in Wales are less well-used, less accessible and have low-satisfaction levels.


'Huge disparities' in rail services

The report examined services across the UK. Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

A report from consultants Credo, in association with the Campaign for Better Transport, claims there are "huge disparities" in the quality of train services in different regions of Britain.

In Wales they're less well-used, less accessible and have low satisfaction levels.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which speaks on behalf of the rail industry, said:

"While there is always room for improvement, rail passengers are travelling on services that are unrecognisably better when compared to 15 years ago".


Problems on the trains

'Oyster-style' travel card launches in north Wales

The travel card is set to be rolled out across the rest of Wales in April Credit: ITV Cymru Wales News

A new type of travel card is being launched in Wrexham today.

The GoCymru smart travel card is similar to a London Oyster Card and will be trialled in Wrexham and Bangor with plans to fully roll the scheme out across the rest of Wales in April.

At the moment the card can only be used on buses but there are plans that in time the scheme will extend to rail services in Wales.

The card is a pay as you go travel top-up card that is used in the place of a traditional paper ticket. It is hoped that the scheme will make it easier and quicker to hop on and off buses.

To get a GoCymru card and to find out more visit

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