NETWORK Rail is inviting Cadoxton residents to ‘drop-in’ to find out more about upcoming station access improvement scheme.

Funded by the Department for Transport, the £3m Access for All investment will include the installation of a new stepped-footbridge with two lifts.

For the first time, a fully accessible route will be available from the station entrance to platform two for Barry-bound trains, allowing all users to make full use of the station.

Residents are invited to ‘drop-in’ to find out more in the event which will take place in Cadoxton Primary School, Victoria Park Road, Barry, from 3pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, May 2.

Members of the Network Rail project team will be able to answer questions.

Network Rail will set up its site compound at the end of May and will be working throughout 2019.

The station will remain open to passengers during construction and the majority of work will be completed during normal working hours on weekdays.

Some night-time and weekend work will be carried out.

Route managing director, for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, Bill Kelly said: “We thank the local community for their patience while we carry out this improvement scheme.

“Step-free access will not only benefit those with reduced mobility, but also passengers with children or heavy luggage.

“We will be working closely with our partners to minimise disruption and would encourage anyone wishing to find out more about this work to come along to the drop-in.”

Commercial and customer experience director, for Transport for Wales Rail Services, Colin Lea said: “It’s fantastic to see Cadoxton being made completely step free for our customers and this will make travel much more accessible for people in the area.

“This is a major investment delivered by our partners in Network Rail and it is important that regular users of the station understand the impact of the work.

“Moving forward we will be making 99 per cent of journeys on the Valleys network step free during this franchise as we look to build a truly accessible railway.”