Redecoration work began on Platform 0 (towards the front entrance of the station), before moving to Platform 8. Initially, work will involve the repainting of surfaces including fences, doors, lampposts and signage.
All painting will be done in the existing heritage colours of Great Western Railway due to Cardiff Central’s status as a listed building.
James Price, Transport for Wales CEO said:
“Cardiff Central station is the gateway into our capital city and our busiest station.
“It’s great to be progressing with major redecoration work and implementing our Station Improvement Vision as we continue to transform transport across Wales and the Borders”.
This phase of the Station Improvement Work has been pushed forward as a result of low passenger number due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Bike storage units have also been installed at Abergavenny station and are currently installing new cycle storage at Frodsham and Helsby.
The work follows the installation of additional ticket barriers, subway improvements, new ticket machines and a refurbishment of the clocktower last year by Network Rail and Transport for Wales.
Last year also saw the creation of two dedicated passenger assistance meeting areas at the station and a major overhaul of signage.
TfW Project Manager Helen Simmonds said:
“We’re really pleased to see the start of this work which will improve the station environment for our customers massively. A lot of hard work has gone into planning this project. The work will take place over a number of weeks to ensure as little disruption to customers as possible.
“We saw more than 14 million people coming through Cardiff Central last year which shows just how important it is to our network.”
Head of Station Projects Hinatea Fonteneau said:
“We all know how important Cardiff Central is as the gateway to our capital city, and with some targeted investment we know we can get it looking its very best. As part of our Station Improvement Vision, we’ll be transforming the look and feel of all of our stations. We’ve been working closely with our partners in Network Rail on this and together we can really make Cardiff Central a station to be proud of.”
Information Source: Transport for Wales