Some fantastic news filtering through the ears of Rhyl’s residents is of the secured funding of £2.5M to be put towards renovating the run-down railway station.
The plans will improve the way the station is laid out, amongst other new and improved features; such as a face lift for retail units, new toilets, waiting shelters, bus services and a fresh customer information point. Amongst these much needed improvements and additions, better disabled access to the station and its platforms have been outlined as an important part of the project, along with improved security features that will see a stronger CCTV system put into use.
The plans hope to eventually create a much more appealing and welcoming gateway for both locals and visitors of Rhyl, to help boost the economy and reputation of the town which once had a sterling status amongst the best seaside resorts in the country.
The investment comes as a part of the Wales Station Improvement Programme – a partnership between Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales, which sees investment from the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government and various rail groups.
Locals have been awaiting news of this nature for several years, with calls for the train station improvement being a major concern for many locals, visitors and businesses in the area in the past. By developing Rhyl train station along with a stream of other Welsh stations will help encourage more people to use trains, cycling and bus services over other transport methods that have a number of benefits.
The refurbishment brings a number of potential benefits along with it, including a boost to the local economies, increase in local employment, positive first impressions to visitors, reduction in congestion and could even act as a catalyst for potential future investment that could see other town/city infrastructure and facilities improved.
Other stations to secure much deserved funding for refurbishment in Wales include; Llandudno train station – which is set to have £5.1M spent on it to give the whole station a ‘face lift’, as well as others including Porthmadog Harbour, Aberystwyth, Pontypridd, Swansea and Ystrad Mynach.
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