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Major funding boost for Cardiff Central Station

Words: Roger Milne
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The UK Government has announced it will fund a revamp of Cardiff Central Station to the tune of £58 million.

Upgrading Cardiff Central should ease crowding and congestion at the station during peak periods, aid regeneration and enable longer trains with more seats.

Former transport secretary Chris Grayling said: "Passengers in Cardiff deserve a modern, accessible station at the heart of their vibrant city centre.

“This funding has the potential to deliver just that, ensuring more reliable, comfortable and faster journeys into and out of the capital. I look forward to receiving the proposals for an ambitious and deliverable business case."

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, added: "This funding will allow Cardiff to become an attractive tourist and commuter destination at a crucial time in the city’s regeneration.

"We are also committing to progressing plans for a West Wales Parkway station, which will deliver time savings of up to a quarter of an hour from Pembrokeshire to Cardiff and increase local connectivity around Swansea to provide greater opportunities for the whole of the Swansea Bay City region."

Ministers have also committed to progressing plans for a new parkway station at Swansea.

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