THE completion of a £1m refurbishment at Shotton Railway Station is to be celebrated tomorrow.
Former Alyn and Deeside MP Lord Barry Jones will officially open the new ticket office, in what brings to an end 18 months of improvements.
The programme has been carried out by Flintshire County Council, the Welsh Assembly Government and Arriva Trains Wales.
Shotton councillor Ann Minshull expressed delight at the improvements made to the station.
She said: “I have used the station myself and it’s really good to see the improvements made.
“The ticket office and machines are new and clean, the waiting room is welcoming and it will be beneficial to Shotton rail users.
“I’m really thankful it has been completed.”
Shotton Town Council chairman John Beard added: “It certainly is a welcome improvement.
“It’s a vital service and this should ensure a safe future for the Wrexham-Bidston route.”
Work at the station has been carried out in two stages, beginning in May last year.
The first involved new footpaths, passenger shelters and signage being created. A new bicycle store and shelter and automated ticket machines were also installed.
The second phase involved replacing the old brick and concrete ticket office.
The new building has a passenger waiting room and service area with electronic departure information screen, a new passenger waiting shelter area and a new platform canopy.
Funding for the scheme has been provided from WAG through Taith, the regional transport consortium for North Wales.
The official opening will also see the launch of a new PlusBus Ticket, which passengers can buy at a discounted price with their rail ticket at the station and get unlimited bus travel in the Deeside area.