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Port Talbot train station to get £9.5million makeover

By PaulTurner555  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

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PORT Talbot's parkway railway station is to get a £9.5million makeover thanks to a Welsh Government grant, an AM said today.

Community leaders welcomed the announcement which is part of a larger £40million Wales Station Improvement Programme confirmed by Transport Minister Carl Sargeant today.

Other stations to benefit from the programme include Pontypridd, Rhyl, Ystrad Mynach and Aberystwyth.

Mr Sargeant said: "Developing a truly sustainable transport network in Wales is vital if we are to further encourage the public to use rail more frequently.

"By developing train stations that are cleaner, more accessible and safer we will encourage more people to consider taking the train over the car."

The move was welcomed by Aberavon AM, David Rees, who said: "For the last year I have been lobbying the Welsh Government for a modern railway station with facilities for all groups and I'm delighted that the people of Port Talbot will finally have a station that they can enjoy and be proud of."

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 12 2012, 2:23PM

    Stork you need to open your eyes more son. For your info, Osborn announced an extra £50 billion spending on infrastructure. I wouldn't fill you in on the details it will give you something to do Of course we all know that is not enough, but it is a start albeit a small one. It would have been better if he hadn't canceled the schools building program in England, one of the first things he actually did. Looking back he rather foolishly though be cutting government spending would help boost the private sector. IT has been pointed out by some that he was only on work experience back then.

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  • Stork  |  November 12 2012, 2:08PM

    Eric_Pode A sort of one stop shop ? Who knows, it might work. Although I think the train drivers would have to go easy on the train hooters ! But then again, that might be cheaper than electric shock treatment.

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  • Eric_Pode  |  November 12 2012, 1:02PM

    Stork It has been staring us in the face all the time. One of the main problems with hospitals is getting to and from them. Look at the parking, bus stops, long journeys. The Solution Combine hospitals with bus stations and rail stations. Transport problem solved. Surgeons, Consultants and Operating Theatre technicians can be more mobile than they've ever been before if our main hospitals are also main rail stations. Heavy medical equipment can be delivered far more cost effectively by rail. Some ancilliary staff could work throughout the system. Hospital porters could be rail station porters as well - There might be some mistakes e.g. luggage going to the mortuary but, no real problem.

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  • Stork  |  November 12 2012, 11:51AM

    Eric_Pode There's nothing wrong with investment, provided the investment can be justified, and afforded. If you're a regular rail commuter, it will be quite nice to use Port Talbot Station after it's had a makeover. However, the chances are that all the money spent on the station makeover won't bring rail fares down, nor make trains more punctual, nor provide more seats and cleaner trains. The cost of the makeover is being publicised as a "grant". It is, sort of, but it's actually a very expensive grant that we first have to pay to the EU, they take their "commission", they then send us the money, and we very humbly say thank you. Cut out the EU, and we would have more of our money to spend on those improvements that we actually require. We could even reduce rail fares, have more or longer trains, and save taxpayers' money. Perhaps you are not a regular rail user. If I can give you another example. Which would you prefer. Your local A & E to have a multi £million makeover where you can sit more comfortably for 4 or more hours waiting to be seen. Or, the money spent on some more Doctors and Nurses who can attend to you quite quickly, albeit in a department that could do with cosmetic improvements. Almost a year ago, a close friend of mine was taken by Ambulance at 10pm to A & E with severe stomach pains. She waited four and a half hours in a wheelchair in A & E reception before seeing a Doctor. She had an emergency operation that night. I know what I would spend the money on.

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  • Eric_Pode  |  November 11 2012, 7:30PM

    Stop the work now! Let everything rot! Down tools! Stay in bed! Does that help Stork?

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  • Stork  |  November 11 2012, 5:19PM

    Neathboy234 I don't need a new keyboard to argue with you. Your arguments are so shallow, it doesn't take much effort to pull them to pieces. So, where are all these new roads and bridges being built to improve our GDP ? I travel around the UK quite a lot, and I don't see many new ones, and I haven't read of any on the horizon, other than Crossrail, and that's been going on for ages. So it's hardly new. Anyway, if there are any tax cuts. You can put that extra money towards the next time you travel by train from Port Talbot station, after they've put the rail fares up !

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  • Stork  |  November 11 2012, 5:09PM

    Dooyah Every day, the UK pays £53 million (gross) into the EU coffers. Over the period of one year, the UK receives various EU payments, agriculture etc, and some grants to the UK regions. Deduct these EU grants/payments/whatever, from the annual UK payment to the EU, and the UK still pays in £30 million ( nett) per day. This means we receive "about" £23 million in return for paying in £53 million. This is one of the highest country contributions after Germany. A simple equation, divide 53 by 23 equals just over 2.30. Multiply the £21 million EU grant to railway stations including Port Talbot by 2.3, equals £48 million. So we pay the EU £48million to get £21 million back. Doesn't sound like a good deal to me. In my 3.11 post, I said that we had to pay £35 million to get the £21 million stations grant. I was of course wrong, I apologise, It will cost us just over another £13 million extra.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 10 2012, 7:39PM

    Stork It's just me and all the major political parties that now believe infrastructure building is the best way to boost our GDP. Even the Tories have come around to this idea. Some of course say tax cuts are the way to do this, there is of course a problem with this that the extra money can be spent in less productive way's. IE paying off ones credit card bill's, buying a car made outside the UK, and in my case another exotic holiday somewhere nice and warm ha ha ha ha. BTW what would u do with your extra money, a nice new keyboard perhaps lol

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  • Dooyah  |  November 10 2012, 3:44PM

    Stork Remind us who privatised and broke up British Rail. Do you have any proof that the people of Wales paid £35million to the EU in order to get a £21million grant? Nov 08, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Minister with responsibility for Transport, Carl Sargeant, announced today (Wednesday, 07 November) that Port Talbot Parkway train station is to be one of a series of stations to be improved across Wales under the Wales Station Improvement Programme (NSIP+). As one of the final programme of stations to be improved under the GBP40m scheme, passengers at Port Talbot Parkway will benefit from an enhanced station environment including improved accessibility through step free access to the platform. The funding package for the programme includes £21m from the European Regional Development Fund structural funding, £5.5m Welsh Government rail capital funding, £3.7m DfT national station improvement programme funding, £4.5m from Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales, £2.3m from Regional Transport Consortia and local authorities and £0.9m from private sector funders and the Railway Heritage Trust. http://tinyurl.com/a23n8vw

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  • Stork  |  November 10 2012, 3:11PM

    Neathboy234 Building infrastructure is the best way to boost our GDP". As I said before, it's a blessing for us taxpayers that you don't hold the Nation's pursestrings. You are the type of person who would build a bridge or road from nowhere, to nowhere, and be a soft touch. A makeover for a railway station is a public gift of taxpayers' money to support and possibly increase a private sector rail company profits, at the expense of its customers. The money for this and other Welsh railway stations makeovers doesn't all come from WAG. More than half (£21 million) comes from the EU ( which actually means that the UK taxpayer paid about £35 million to get that £21 million back, UK taxpayer getting fleeced again). WAG says it provided the grant, but actually only chipped in £5.5 million, Dept for Trade £4.5 million, Network Rail and others just over £7 million. The station makeover won't make rail fares any cheaper, doubtful if it will make trains more punctual, is unlikely to provide more seats, but almost certainly will improve the TOC's profit margin, as they won't have to pay the full cost of the station makeover. That will be picked up by the taxpayer, again.

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