Chepstow Station on track for refurbishment?

Chepstow is among a number of railway stations included in a Transport for Wales’ survey to determine where accessibility improvements can be made and which stations should be prioritised, Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has been told.

The survey will be carried out over the next nine months.

Mr Ramsay received the information from the Welsh Minister for Transport, Ken Skates AM, in response to his letter expressing constituents’ concern about accessibility at Chepstow Railway Station where rail travellers have to use an old, rickety bridge in order to pass from one platform to another.

Commenting on the Minister’s response, Mr Ramsay said: “Mr Skates points out that funding for rail infrastructure is a non-devolved issue but improvements to accessibility at Chepstow Railway Station would be eligible for Access for All funding, a Department of Transport fund, and Chepstow has been added to the list of stations nominated for this funding. Transport for Wales will be providing match funding but  the decision on which stations to fund rests with the Department of Transport.

“This is in addition to plans Transport for Wales have to transform the Wales and Border rail network over the coming years, including investing £194 million in stations and also ring fencing £15 million for accessibility improvements at stations.

“Transport for Wales are also allocating £250,000 per year for further station improvements such as providing step free access to platforms.

“These are exciting plans – let’s hope that Chepstow Railway Station is chosen for a refurbishment as the current accessibility there leaves a lot to be desired.”