Work has begun to construct a new station at Newport in south Wales, which is planned to be the greenest in the Principality.
The new station will double the size of the previous one, and Network Rail hopes the structure will be: “an iconic gateway for Wales.”
Jointly funded by Network Rail and the Welsh Assembly Government, the multi-million pound scheme meets the city-wide vision to regenerate Newport. The new station will cater to an increasing number of rail passengers in the region and will also meet the influx of passengers travelling into the city for Ryder Cup.
Route enhancement manager at Network Rail, Mike Gallop, said: “This is the beginning of a new chapter for the people in Newport and for rail passengers travelling into Wales. There is still much to do and we have a big task ahead, we will continue to work hard to make the new station happen.
“By 2010, passengers will be greeted with a stunning station that is bigger, eco-friendly and an icon for the city of Newport and the railway in Wales,” he said.
The Deputy First Minister and Minister for Economy and Transport, Ieuan Wyn Jones, said: “I’m delighted that work has started on this important project which will greatly improve public transport in Newport and provide a great impression for those entering Wales.
“This will also be an important development as Newport prepares to welcome the Ryder Cup in 2010 when many people will be visiting here for the first time. Our investment here is another example of our commitment to make public transport as accessible as possible to provide a real alternative to the car and to fulfil our One Wales promise of delivering an integrated transport system fit for the 21st century.”
The station has been designed by an Atkins / Grimshaw partnership and will be built by Galliford Try. It will be clad in ethylene tetra fluoro ethylene (ETFE), which is both recyclable and lightweight - requiring less steel to support it.
The ETFE cladding is a better insulator than double glazing, reducing the need to heat the structure.