South West Wales

New-look Swansea station opened after £7.6m upgrade

Swansea station
Image caption The revamped station includes a glazed wall between the concourse and platforms

Swansea's upgraded train station will be more accessible and safer for passengers, the Welsh government has said.

Transport Minister Carl Sargeant officially opened the station in High Street after £7.6m was spent on improvements such as information boards, waiting shelters and toilets.

A glazed wall has been installed between the concourse and platforms.

More than 1.6m passengers pass through the station every year.

The Welsh government provided £3m for the upgrade, with a similar amount coming from Network Rail and £1.2m from the UK government's Department for Transport.

Modern facility

Mr Sargeant said: "Swansea High Street Station plays a key role in the success and perception of Swansea.

"This redevelopment, which will complement the refurbished Quadrant Bus Station, will provide a first class, modern rail facility featuring improved safety and security and exemplary accessibility."

Network Rail route managing director Mark Langman said it was part of a series of improvements to railways in south west Wales.

"The work will have a big impact on people's first impressions of Swansea and passengers will enjoy a much brighter and more comfortable station," he said.

"Along with the Welsh government, we are also carrying out work to redouble the line between Swansea and Gowerton, and rebuilding the Loughor viaduct, bringing the potential for more services to points west of Swansea and encouraging business growth across the region."

The UK government has announced plans to electrify the main Paddington to Cardiff rail line, but the Welsh government wants the scheme extended to Swansea.

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has said further electrification will depend on the strength of the business case.

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