Transport commission for Wales has included a facelift for Swansea and added 1,500 car parking spaces across Wales. In Wales, around 247 stations will see wi-fi zones which will be connected to the internet with better security in terms of cameras and in short digital security, buildings and shelters for sun and rain and improved passenger information which will last over the next two decades.
According to the chief executive more than this amount was ever spent on stations in Wales before. This is the first time they have received such an estimate for the betterment of the passengers in terms of the security and leisure.
As mentioned, importantly there will be a much higher level of security and station safety for the passengers. The redevelopment work of Swansea station has already begun, with improved ticket counters and space for business meeting rooms and community groups. This will be a complete customer experience.
The £194m for stations was promised when the new 15-year Wales and Borders franchise began last year. New operators KeolisAmey are also promising to spend £800m on new trains and to increase capacity by two thirds. The rail contract aims to drive forward a vision for better public transport.