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Call to get Llanelli railway station work on track

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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AN appeal has been made for improvements at Llanelli's railway station before the town welcomes tens of thousands of visitors this summer.

Llanelli-based Assembly Member Simon Thomas spoke out about the state of the station in the Senedd, calling for work to be carried out ahead of the National Eisteddfod in August.

Llanelli is set to benefit from a share of £100 million government funding set aside under the Access for All scheme for 42 stations across the country by 2019, it was confirmed this week.

This funding aims to improve railway stations for disabled public transport users, and could include ramps or lifts.

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But with fewer than three months to go until the town hosts the National Eisteddfod, which is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, Mr Thomas is concerned about the welcome people arriving at the railway station will receive.

Speaking during First Minister's Questions, he called on the Welsh Government to step in.

"The railway station needs improvement," he said.

"I called for the Welsh Government to give Llanelli railway station a boost before the summer to make it a more attractive place.

"This is particularly important ahead of the 2014 Eisteddfod when we will see a lot more visitors coming to the town.

"The half of million pounds of European money invested into Plas Llanelli — Llanelly House — in the town centre is an example of how we can use European money creatively and what could be done at the railway station."

Referring to the £100million shared grant, Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations at Network Rail, said: "More and more people are travelling on our railways than ever before, so it's important that we make taking the train as easy as possible for everyone.

"Better accessibility will mean a better experience for people with reduced mobility, carrying heavy luggage or travelling with children, but we'll also be investing to improve signage and customer information for all passengers."

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