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1997-11-12 RTK-002
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Railtrack gives South Wales stations facelift

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack gives South Wales stations facelift

12 November 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Five stations in South Wales are brighter, lighter and more customer friendly following over £1 million of work as part of Railtrack's pledge to improve all stations in Wales over the next five years.

Carmarthen, Barry Town, Barry Island, Abergavenny and Penarth station have all be repainted and had an overall refurbishment as the first part of the station regeneration programme which is being rolled out across the region.

Railtrack's Martin Warren commented on the work: "This is the first step in regenerating stations in the South Wales. Our aim is to carry out well needed repairs and painting work to all stations over the next five years. It is very important to us to have our stations looking smart and clean and a pleasure to use.

" We will also be investing £40 million across the country to improve station security with £5 million earmarked for stations in Railtrack's Great Western zone. The money will be used to improve lighting and in some places install closed circuit television cameras", said Mr Warren.

South Wales has been one of the first areas in the country to benefit from the station work. Carmarthen station has had repairs costing over £560,000 for example. Teams of contractors have spent the last few months resurfacing the station's approach road and platforms, repairing the canopy roofs and giving the whole station a well needed coat of paint.

Penarth station now has a new lighting system to improve security, some new boundary fencing, and newly resurfaced platforms, whilst Abergavenny has had £365,000 spent on repainting, roof repairs and new surfaces to the platforms and forecourt.

Barry Town and Barry Island stations have also benefited from an overall facelift with new lighting and fencing installed at a cost of nearly £500,000.

When Railtrack was formed, it inherited stations in various stages of repair and disrepair. The £1 billion regeneration programme, which will be carried out over a period of five years, plans to take in all of the UK's railway stations as part of Railtrack's commitment to create a railway fit for the 21st Century.

To be able to deliver such a massive programme of station work in South Wales Railtrack has embarked on a pioneering concept of delivery with its construction partner, Bovis Construction Limited.

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