Network Rail is planning a major redevelopment of Cardiff Central station since it was first built in the 1850s.
The plans could see an expansion to the Grade II listed building for new retail and office spaces as well as a mezzanine floor and a new multi-deck car park.
The project will see a major redevelopment of the entire station site, featuring a wave-shaped raised roof and glass façade.
The construction work would take place during Network Rail’s next five-year funding period, which starts in 2019.
The project already has the support of the Welsh government and Cardiff council.
According to Network Rail, significant investment in the train station is needed to respond to rising passenger levels at the station, which saw a 100,000 increase to just over 13 million, with numbers coming into Cardiff expected to increase by 67% by 2023.
Renovations to the signalling technology in the Cardiff area are already underway and electrification works for the line from Swansea to London have also begun.
The major station upgrade will help future-proof the railway by providing faster, more frequent train service across the South Wales network.
Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail in Wales, said: “The station area is a prime location for commercial development, as the BBC Wales headquarter announcement shows, and we are really excited by the site and the opportunities it will unlock to redevelop the station.
“This is a unique opportunity to create a new station environment that is a fitting entrance to the capital city of Wales. We’re pleased to be working with the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and industry partners, including Arriva Trains Wales, to enhance the city and the quality of transport in the region.
Ian Bullock, managing director for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “The plans have the potential to make Cardiff Central a landmark station not only for Cardiff but the railway nationally.”
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