The final plans to undertake a major Welsh Government funded improvement scheme at Pontypridd railway station will be unveiled on Wednesday (30 April).
Network Rail is holding a public information drop-in event for Pontypridd residents and local businesses, who are being encouraged to come and view the plans and meet the teams who will be revamping the station over the coming year.
Representatives from Network Rail - who are delivering the scheme on behalf of the Welsh Government - will be present, alongside members of Colas Rail, Morgan Sindall and Arriva Trains Wales.
Work has recently commenced at the station and will continue until spring 2015.
The £10.7m project will involve the installation of a new bay platform and passing loop to enable more trains to serve the Pontypridd to Cardiff line.
Alongside this, a package of works funded under the ‘Wales Station Improvement Programme’ will see the station forecourt, entrance and platforms transformed and improved lighting, CCTV and customer information screens installed. As part of the works, the original station entrance will be re-commissioned and will create a grand gateway to the station, sheltered by a new canopy.
Access will be improved with a new footbridge and lifts to help passengers cross more easily between platforms, as well as a new lift to take passengers from street level to the platform concourse.
Mark Langman, Network Rail’s Wales route managing director, said: “The aim of the scheme is to revamp the station environment at Pontypridd by making noticeable and lasting improvements for the benefit of passengers. As well as creating an impressive new entrance, the scheme will provide a step and obstacle-free, accessible route for all, from the station entrance to the platforms. Step-free access not only benefits those with reduced mobility, but also people with children, heavy luggage or shopping, and some more elderly people.
“In the longer term, revitalising the station and improving the gateway to the town may also act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area.”
It was announced by Transport Minister, Edwina Hart in December 2013 that Pontypridd was one of the select stations to be regenerated as part of a £39m Wales Station Improvement Scheme. The £21m European-backed programme will see five railway stations across Wales transformed.
The money will be used to improve customer facilities, access, capacity and park and ride spaces at Aberystwyth, Port Talbot Parkway, Rhyl, Ystrad Mynach and Pontypridd stations.
The Welsh Government will be contributing £5.1m towards the programme, while Network Rail will be providing £0.7m and Arriva Trains Wales £0.4m.
Mrs Hart 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. Improved access and the 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.”
The public exhibition will be held on Wednesday 30 April at Pontypridd YMCA, (Taff Street, Pontypridd, CF37 4TS), between 3pm and 6.30pm.
Pontypridd station will remain open during construction.