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Tata to produce steel for £9.5m station upgrade

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

By Paul Lewis

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HOME-MADE steel will be used to create the £9.5 million new Port Talbot Parkway railway station.

The upgrade is seen as a vital part of the wider town centre regeneration. And the town's Tata steelworks will produce the steel used in its construction.

The Welsh Government this week ended the long wait for the station to be given a new lease of life when it announced a Wales Station Improvement Programme grant.

It will see the old station replaced with a state-of-the-art development described as being fit for the 21st century, in what is understood to be a £9.5 million development.

It will have lift access to the platforms as well as a new enclosed footbridge and CCTV improving accessibility and safety.

The station will house a new ticket office and waiting areas, new toilets and improvements to customer information.

There will also be a 200-space car park with a park and ride for commuters, and better facilities for cyclists, bus passengers and taxis.

A Neath Port Talbot Council spokesman said: "The station refurbishment is the latest in a series of developments which are transforming the area to the south of the town as part of the council's Harbourside masterplan.

"Work began in July on a research and development village, and the Harbour Way link road is on schedule for completion in September 2013, which will provide another first class transport connection for businesses located near the docks."

Neath Port Talbot, in partnership with Arriva Trains and Network Rail, submitted the station bid last December.

Council leader Ali Thomas welcomed the announcement that it had been successful.

He said: "The redevelopment of Port Talbot Parkway station is excellent news not only for the town but for the county as a whole.

"Improvements have been needed for a long time, particularly to meet the needs of disabled passengers. The lifts will provide step free access to the platform which will increase accessibility for all. The planned electrification of the main railway line means it is more important than ever that the station is a fitting gateway to the local area. This will complement the enhancement works in the town centre and the redevelopment of Harbourside."

Tata Steel director John Ferriman said: "We're delighted to be able to support this project, which should give a boost to the whole town.

"We continually seek to support our local communities in many ways through events, school activities and environmental projects.

"This investment in Port Talbot Parkway station is a great opportunity to support a high profile project with our own material, steel."

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