Owen Smith Member of Parliament and Mick Antoniw Assembly Member for Pontypridd were at Pontypridd station today to greet travellers on the first train to arrive at the restored platform 1. They waved off the 10.39 train to Barry, the first train to depart from platform 1 in over 30 years.

The £10.7 million upgrade of Pontypridd station, which includes a new forecourt, entrance and platforms as well as improved lighting, CCTV, customer information screens and a new footbridge and lifts, is nearing completion and is the key element of a range of transportation improvement projects within the Pontypridd constituency, funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Owen Smith MP said:

“Modernising Pontypridd station will transform impressions of the town for people arriving by rail and road.  I was delighted to see for myself how the work has progressed on this project which will enhance accessibility into Pontypridd and help to boost the local economy. It was a great pleasure to wave off the first train from the new platform!”

Mick Antoniw AM said:

“The opening of the new platform is another important milestone in this project, which is steaming ahead.  This fantastic investment will complement the transportation work being done in other parts of Pontypridd and will transform facilities and access for all, and in particular for disabled passengers.”



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Notes to editors

Mick Antoniw and Owen Smith are available for interview.

Photos attached: Owen Smith MP and Mick Antoniw AM wave off the first train in 30 years from the restored platform 1.