The upgrade, which is being carried out by principal contractor Alun Griffiths, will see the installation of a new footbridge with two lifts, providing a fully accessible route from the station entrance to platform two for the first time. This will benefit those with reduced mobility as well as passengers with children, heavy luggage or shopping.
The £3 million scheme is funded through the UK Government’s ‘Access for All’ programme, with match-funding from Welsh Government. Work began at Cadoxton station earlier this summer, with access improvements also planned for Barry station in 2020.
Network Rail has worked closely with the Built Accessibility Environment Panel, Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Equalities Consultative Forum to develop a design that will significantly improve the accessibility at Cadoxton station.
Rhys Howells, scheme project manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We would like to thank the community for their patience while we carry out this important work to make the station more accessible for all passengers.”
Alun Cairns MP said: “I’m really pleased to see that the upgrade to Cadoxton station is well underway. Improving access at stations will make a huge impact to constituents by making it easier for them to commute to work and to travel to see friends and family. I am looking forward to seeing work begin at Barry station so that more passengers can benefit from improved access.”
James Price, CEO at Transport for Wales said: “It’s great to see work progressing through the ‘Access for All’ programme. In addition to this, Transport for Wales are investing £194 million in station improvements throughout our Wales and Borders network, including the building of at least five new stations. We will spend £15 million on making our stations more accessible, which will further improve the customer experience and help us create a transport network that people can be proud of.”
The funding for Cadoxton station was allocated at the beginning of Network Rail’s Control Period 5 (2014-2019). The UK Government has allocated a further £300m of funding to continue with the Access for All Programme in Control Period 6 (2019-2024).
Out of 320 applications, 12 stations in Wales and Borders will now benefit from funding to promote step-free access during Control Period 6.