Posted 14th September 2010 | 5 Comments
'Lasting benefits' from £22m Newport station upgrade
A MODERNISED station has opened for business in Newport, and the investment of £22 million will bring ‘lasting benefits’ in South Wales, say local leaders.
The new concourse at Newport is now being used by passengers and the second phase of the work will follow. This mainly involves finishing touches to the footbridge, car park and offices.
The station now serves more than two million passengers a year -- an increase of 30 per cent since 2005 -- with more growth expected.
Mike Gallop of Network Rail said: “Investment in rail is a necessity and not a luxury. Wales relies on rail. The country has an aspiration to become a leading destination for top-class events, such as the Ryder Cup and the Olympics, and a robust transport infrastructure is vital to meet that.
“Newport will play a significant role as a transport hub during the international golfing event, but its benefits go far and beyond. The landmark station will help open up new opportunities for the city as it becomes more attractive to businesses. Sustained investment in rail will be vital to help unleash the economic potential in Wales.”
Councillor Matthew Evans, who is leader of Newport City Council, said: “We are now less than three weeks away from hosting one of the world’s most popular sporting tournaments and the opening of the new station is another sign that we are ready for the 2010 Ryder Cup and welcoming thousands of visitors to the city. Newport is the gateway city to Wales and the station’s increased capacity will play an integral role in our growth. It will provide an excellent first impression for passengers.”
The station covers more than two square kilometres and has two concourses, equipped with CCTV, a real-time information system, improved ticketing and information points and more shops. Passengers will be able to use an additional new entrance from the north side, and people with luggage, prams or wheelchairs will benefit from new lifts to the platforms.
Network Rail and the Newport City Council have also carried out extra work to refresh the existing platform canopies and refurbish the taxi rank.
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