Welsh stations miss out on UK government investment

Friday February 28th, 2020

The Welsh Government has expressed its disappointment after stations on the Wales & Borders network have missed out on UK government funding, describing it as “the UK government’s failure to deliver the investment they are responsible for.”train_1103473sml

The Welsh Government has also said it is in the early stages of considering alternative funding arrangements for stations that have not been selected.

On 26th February the UK government confirmed investment in accessibility improvements in rail stations in Great Britain. Ruabon, Haverfordwest and Whitchurch (Shropshire) were all endorsed by the Welsh Government, but have not been selected by the UK government in the final funding allocations.

Additional regional accessibility improvements at a further 30 stations were endorsed by the Welsh Government but declined by the UK government.

The schemes selected were lift additions at Grangetown, Llantwit Major (2), Pontypool and Neath, all through joint funding from the Department for Transport, Transport for Wales, and third party funding (for example local authorities).

Part of Transport for Wales’ funding offer could be used to help schemes that have not been selected, though it may have to meet additional costs from approved schemes. The Welsh Government and Transport for Wales are in discussions over this issue.

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