Aberavon’s AM, David Rees, and MP, Dr Hywel Francis, have welcomed the announcement that Port Talbot Parkway Railway station will be upgraded with over £9.5 million of funding from the Welsh Government.
David Rees AM said:

“This investment, over 30% higher than the original figure of £7.1 million, will ensure that the station can meet 21st century standards. It is the culmination of many years of hard work and a strong campaign which was led by Dr Hywel Francis, and my predecessor, Dr Brian Gibbons, who passed the baton onto me when I was elected. For the last year I have been lobbying the Welsh Government for a modern railway station with facilities for all groups and I’m delighted that the people of Port Talbot will finally have a station that they can enjoy and be proud of.”

“The upgraded station will be easily accessible, family and disabled friendly and will also provide a modern and attractive facility for both residents and visitors. I’m glad that our town will now have the station it deserves. It is an important gateway to our town and all it offers.”

Dr. Francis MP added:

“This is the culmination of a broad campaign involving disability and community groups, the Labour Party and, very importantly, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. I am delighted that the people of Port Talbot and the whole of South West Wales will now benefit from easier access to a station fit for the 21st century.”

The Port Talbot Parkway refurbishment is seen as a key part of the town’s wider regeneration, along with the £107 million new Harbour Way dual carriageway with joint support from the Welsh Government, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and TATA steel.