Cardiff Central Station will benefit from £58 million worth of funding, the Transport Secretary has confirmed.
Chris Grayling said passengers and business users of the rail will benefit from “more reliable, comfortable and faster journeys.”
The £58 million is subject to assurances that the investment will represent value for money, but once they are undertaken, the scheme will provide upgrades to ease crowding and congestion through the station at peak times.
It will also allow for greater regeneration, meaning longer trains will be able to run on the lines, serving passengers to and from the Welsh capital with more seats, therefore making journeys more comfortable.
By upgrading Cardiff Central Station, it is understood that journey times between Cardiff and London will reduce by almost a quarter of an hour by the end of the year.
When announcing the Cardiff Central Station investment, the Transport Secretary said: “Passengers in Cardiff deserve a modern, accessible station at the heart of their vibrant city centre.
“This funding has the potential to deliver just that, ensuring more reliable, comfortable and faster journeys into and out of the capital.
“It is imperative that the two governments in Wales work closely together; in doing so, this strengthens the Union and I look forward to receiving the proposals of an ambitious and deliverable business case.”
It is part of record funding on Britain’s railway over the next five years – Control Period 6 (CP6) – which will see stations and infrastructure improved.
The funding also builds on government investment of £5 billion from the government on improving journeys on the Great Western Mainline between South Wales and London – this will see brand new trains introduced with more seats.
Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, added: “This funding will allow Cardiff to become an attractive tourist and commuter destination at a crucial time in the city’s regeneration.”