As part of its efforts to provide step free access for passengers traveling to and from Ebbw Vale, a new state of the art lift has recently been installed at Cardiff Central Station.
Officiating at the launch ceremony for the new lift, Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, unveiled a commemorative plaque, now on permanent display at the station.
Mr. Jones, who is also the Minister for Economy and Transport said, “I am very pleased to be here again at Wales’ busiest train station to officially launch this fantastic addition to facilities.
“The new lift for Platform Zero makes life a whole lot easier both for rail users with disabilities and anyone who require an alternative to stairs.
“I am proud that the Welsh Assembly Government has helped deliver this improvement – which helps support our drive to help people access rail services more easily. We will continue to work with Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail to achieve further improvements.”
Mike Bagshaw, Commercial Director for Arriva Trains Wales commented: “the new lift will offer passengers step free access to platform zero and will provide a step forward in meeting the needs of passengers with impaired mobility as well as those traveling to and from Ebbw Vale with heavy luggage and small children.
“The creation of step free access is part of our wider plan to improve access to our trains and stations. As an organisation we will continue to work with our industry partners to improve the journey experience even further.”
Cardiff station was originally constructed in 1927 and keeping in with the station’s unique art deco style, the lift has been designed using glass which not only creates a sense of space for those using the facility but also minimises impact on the grade 2 listed building. A small bridge has also been constructed between the lift and the walkway to the platform together with a new lift entrance lobby.
Having originally identified the need for step free access at Cardiff Central, Arriva Trains Wales worked in partnership with contractors Stannah Lift Services and Network Rail together with the Welsh Assembly Government and Department for Transport who provided funding for the project via the ‘Access for all Small Schemes Fund’.
“We are delighted to have completed this interesting project at Cardiff Central Station. As Principal Contractor we have enjoyed outstanding support from Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail together with excellent work from all the specialist contractors who helped us achieve our goals. A huge thank you to everyone involved in this successful project to improve accessibility at the station”, said Jerry Sutton, Project Manager for Stannah.
Mavis Choong, spokeswoman for Network Rail said: “Britain relies on rail so it’s vital that the industry works together to provide facilities which make the railway easier to use, safer and more accessible for everyone. Whether you’re lugging heavy bags, have small children in tow or simply find the stairs a bit of a struggle, the improvements being made at Cardiff will make a real difference to passengers.“