The £7.6m upgraded railway station has delivered improved accessibility passenger facilities - such as digital information boards, new waiting shelters and toilets – in addition to improved safety due to increased CCTV cameras and new open vistas.
More than 1.6million passengers, who travel through Swansea train station every year, will also benefit from a station that is clean and bright due to a glazed wall that has been installed between the station's concourse and platform areas increasing the amount of natural light that enters the building.
Before unveiling the plaque to officially open the station Mr Sargeant said:
“Swansea High Street Station plays a key role in the success and perception of Swansea.”
“ This re-development, which will complement the refurbished Quadrant Bus Station, will provide a first class, modern rail facility featuring improved safety and security and exemplary accessibility.”
“ Improving accessibility at railway stations in Wales is a key priority for the Welsh Government and the improvements that have been carried out at Swansea High Street Station is a reflection of our commitment to enhancing accessibility."
The £7.6m funding of this partnership project can be broken down by:
Welsh Government: £3,030,000
Network Rail: £3,300,000
Department for Transport (National Station Improvement Plan): £1,250,000
European Regional Development Fund: £20,000
Network Rail route managing director Mark Langman said:
“The work to improve Swansea station is part of a series of improvements to the railways in South West Wales.”
“ The work will have a big impact on people’s first impressions of Swansea and passengers will enjoy a much brighter and more comfortable station.”
“Along with the Welsh Government, we are also carrying out work to redouble the line between Swansea and Gowerton, and rebuilding the Loughor viaduct, bringing the potential for more services to points west of Swansea and encouraging business growth across the region.”
Other accessibility features that have been introduced as a result of close collaboration with local access groups, the railway industry and Swansea Council, include:
• improved audio-visual displays that include real-time bus information
• a “Changing Places” disabled washroom for people who need assistance of a companion
• directional tactile paving
• disabled taxi-boarding facilities