The Welsh Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, has announced £12m funding for access improvements at five train stations across Wales.
Chirk, Llandaf, Machynlleth, Radyr and Ystrad Mynach stations will receive the money as part of the Access for All programme to create step and obstacle-free routes to platforms and station entrances, through new foot bridges, lifts and ramps. Work will start at Ystrad Mynach later this month, with the others starting in May and June and all projects will be completed by end of this year or early 2015.
The programme is funded by £7m from the Welsh Government and £5m from the Department for Transport. Network Rail will be carrying out the works.
Mrs Hart said:
“This scheme will greatly improve access to a number of stations and ensure more people can use the train. This is another significant investment by the Welsh Government to meet our objectives of delivering a modern, accessible and affordable rail system for Wales.
“Public transport is a vital way for many people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society, to access jobs and services. I want to make sure our rail stations are accessible to all and offer a comfortable experience for passengers.”