Long-suffering commuters at Cardiff Railway Station will soon enjoy the benefits of a much-needed upgrade.

Cardiff is one of the Hunter line’s most critical railway stations, yet commuters have been forced to carry heavy luggage and prams up long flights of stairs to exit the busy station.

The $14 million upgrade, including 2 lifts and a platform extension to accommodate 8-car trains is well ahead of schedule according to Transport Minister Gladys Berijiclian, with completion due in the first half of next year.

It is hoped that the upgrade will make Cardiff Railway Station accessible to the whole community and encourage the use of public transport.

“It’s a healthier way to get around,” Ms. Berijiclian says.