A new footbridge aiming to improve accessibility at a revamped railway station in north Cardiff is due to open to the public next week.
Around £2.5m has been invested in providing a new stepped footbridge and two lifts at Llandaf Station as part of a scheme called Access For All.
A spokeswoman for Network Rail confirmed the new footbridge is expected to open to pedestrians next week and the lifts will come into operation later this summer.
‘Work can be noisy’
Local residents have also been advised that demolition will start on the old bridge next week and should be completed by early July. In a letter distributed to nearby households this week, Network Rail warned that the work could be noisy, but promised to keep disruption to a minimum.
The letter stated: “Unfortunately, work of this nature can be noisy.”
It added: “It must be carried out at night due to the constraints of working on the platforms when trains are running and passengers are using the station.”
Once completed, the new footbridge and lifts will provide a fully accessible route to platform two – for trains into Cardiff – for the first time.
The programme was funded by £7m from the Welsh Government and £5m from the Department for Transport, with Network Rail carrying out the works.
The project at Llandaf station was originally expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
The Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We have encountered a number of challenges and this has unfortunately impacted on the timescale for completion.
‘A long time coming’
“We understand how frustrating this is for local residents and for passengers using the station, who have already shown incredible patience throughout the duration of this work.”
She added: “We would like to thank the local community for bearing with us as we work to improve access at Llandaf station.”
The footbridge falls within a conservation area designated by the local planning authority and Network Rail confirmed they have worked closely with the council throughout the scheme.
Local resident Lew Wootten, who runs Lew’s Coffee Shop on Station Road, said: “It’s been a long time coming, but I think it will be great when it’s finished.
“At the moment, access is really tricky – you see people hauling buggies over the bridge and it does put people off getting the train. We’re all looking forward to the work being completed.”