Swansea railway station has been given a transformation after Network Rail and Transport for Wales came together to deliver key improvements
An investment of more than £7.5m in the Swansea station, which first opened 171 years ago this week, is the biggest in more than a decade and will make passengers’ journeys more reliable, comfortable and enjoyable.
The improvement means the platform can now accommodate 10 carriage intercity trains, providing more flexibility for passengers.
Almost the entire length of platform four has been rebuilt and is now 260 metres long – greater than the size of two football pitches.
- New customer information screens
- New signage and rebranding
- New cycle shelter added at front of station
- Additional benches
- New lighting and waiting shelter on platform 4
- Refurbishment of male and female toilets
- Replaced end of platform barriers
- New recycling bins and refuse storage area
- Provision for station colleagues to make public address announcements whilst mobile
- New LED lighting
- New luggage trollies and bays at platform 2/3.
A transport hub to be proud of
Bill Kelly, Wales and Borders route director at Network Rail, said: “The completion of this brand-new platform is a part of our wider commitment to improve journeys and stations for our passengers across the Wales and Borders network.
“Working with Transport for Wales, our engineers and contractors have worked around the clock to deliver a transport hub which the city of Swansea can be proud of.
“We would like to thank the local community for their patience over the last few months while we delivered these improvements.”
TfW project manager Yasmin Browning, added: “The work at Swansea station really has gone a long way to transforming the station for customers.
“Enhancements across the length and breadth of the station mean better customer access to information and more comfortable surroundings whilst waiting to depart.
“The extended Platform 4 not only looks great but will allow for more options bringing trains in and out of the station, helping deliver key capacity improvements. This project has shown how close collaboration with our Network Rail Partners can deliver for customers.”