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85m plan to revamp rail stations

Line work in Carmarthen
Passengers will be asked what improvements they would like to see

More than 120 railway stations in Wales are to be improved in an £85m investment over the next five years, says Network Rail.

A three-month canvassing of passengers' views aims to find out what they want to see in local stations' upgrades.

The project includes online surveys, telephone surveys and focus groups.

Chris Rayner, western route director at Network Rail, said: "Stations are the railways' shop-front and they have been ignored for too long".

In July, the firm announced that Newport station was to undergo a £22m 11-month revamp to give it a "space age" feel in time for the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament.

Network Rail said its wider investment in Welsh stations included money from other sources including the Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities and other third parties.

The firm has announced £3.25bn spending over five years on 2,000 stations across Britain.



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