Network Rail are currently working to introduce step-free access to platforms 2 and 3 at Barry Station for rail passengers.
The work will see the station become fully accessible as a new footbridge and two lifts are installed.
The improvements are being funded through the ‘Access for All’ programme with the Department for Transport and Welsh Government providing £3.3m in funding.
These upgrades will help ensure the railway between Barry Island and Cardiff Central is fully accessible.
The installation of tactile paving on platforms and an expanding of platform 2 has already taken place as part Barry Station’s upgrades.
The station carpark will be closed until 6th February as the footbridge and shafts are put into place.
Following this Network Rail and contractors Centregreat Rail will get to work on further upgrades before the footbridge and lifts are opened in Summer 2022.
Bill Kelly, Network Rail Route Director commented on the importance of developments like this at stations in Wales.
Mr Kelly said: “I am delighted that passengers in Barry will soon, for the first time ever, benefit from step-free access at the station.
“This is going to make a huge difference to people’s journeys.
“[The improvements mean] those with mobility issues, with pushchairs or carrying heavy items can benefit from a much more accessible railway.
“We are committed to making more of the railway in Wales more accessible by investing in changes that mean every passenger can use the railway safely, confidently and independently.”
The upgrades at Barry form part of the Government’s pledge to invest in providing more step-free routes at stations across the country.
Speaking on this Rail Minister Wendy Morton said: “Upgrades at Barry Station will open up train travel for even more passengers as part of our Access for All programme.
“[The Access for All programme] has committed £350m of Government funding to provide step-free routes at more than 200 stations across the UK.”
Rail services will not be affected by the work as Barry Station will remain open to passengers with a temporary footbridge in place.
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