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New plans to revamp Cardiff Central station revealed

The station will have a glass front but the original front will remain Photo: Network Rail/Powell Dobson

A new design showing what Cardiff Central Railway Station could look like if plans for a major revamp of the station are given the green light has been made public.

Network Rail Wales says it wants to build a station 'fit for a capital city' with up to 32m passengers predicted to use the station by 2043.

The Grade II listed building was first built in the 1850s and is one of the largest and busiest stations in Wales Credit: PA Images

Network Rail Wales says it's carrying almost 50% more passengers than it was 10 years ago.

The development is part of a wider regeneration scheme of that area of the city.

The facade has been redesigned from this earlier artist's impression Credit: Foster and Partners

The remit for the initial design work has been to integrate the historic elements of the station into a new, modern building that better reflects passenger needs, according to the rail operator.

Credit: Network Rai/Powell Dobson
The plans include an additional floor as well as new retail spaces Credit: Network Rail/Powell Dobson

Work we are already doing over the next five years will make a huge difference, including electrifying parts of the railway and installing new signalling to help deliver improved reliability and the potential for more and faster journeys.

“At the end of August, we will open a new entrance at the south side of Cardiff Central station which will provide additional station capacity – allowing even more people to use the busiest station in Wales. This builds on the work we have done at Cardiff Queen Street station, which includes a new station entrance, new lifts and two extra platforms. We have also completed new platforms at Tir-phil, Pontypridd, Barry Town Station and Caerphilly as part of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal project to improve the reliability of rail services for passengers across South Wales.

– Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail Wales