Major improvement work to Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Central train stations is set to begin over the Christmas period.
Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail said the work, to be carried out over the next three years, will see a new platform and new south-side entrance at Cardiff Central, plus a new entrance and two additional platforms at Cardiff Queen Street.
Between Christmas and New Year, work will begin to level the floor in the subway at Cardiff Queen Street station, which will involve the removal of the station’s ticket barriers.
Arriva Trains Wales said that from December 27 to January 18, there will be additional staff at Queen Street to assist passengers with the disruption this may cause, but warned passengers may potentially have to queue for longer than usual to get out of the station.
An Arriva Trains Wales spokesperson advised passengers to buy their train tickets before arriving at Queen Street to avoid potential queues, and if you cannot buy your ticket ahead of time, allow an extra five minutes for your journey to get through the subway.
Passengers who normally travel from Cardiff Queen Street are also advised to use platforms 6 and 7 at Cardiff Central for their journeys on December 27.
The work to both of Cardiff’s city centre stations is part of a £220 million project by Network Rail and the Welsh Government to improve the reliability and capacity of the Cardiff and Valleys rail network.
Other work being carried out includes an additional platform at Barry station, improved infrastructure on the Rhymney Valley line at Caerphilly and Tir-Phil, improved infrastructure at Cogan, line-speed improvements on the city line, and a new platform at Pontypridd.
An Arriva Trains Wales spokesman said: “The project, scheduled to be completed by 2015, will ‘future proof’ the railway by increasing capacity for potential future passenger services. It will also provide a more robust and flexible infrastructure in order to maintain and improve train reliability and punctuality.”
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