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1997-02-20 RTK-002
Railtrack plc


Railtrack committed to massive investment for Britain's stations

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Railtrack plc

Railtrack committed to massive investment for Britain's stations

20 February 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

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Over the next five years Railtrack will spend over ?billion on an ambitious investment programme for Britain's stations. This huge spend coupled with 13 new stations being added to the rail network over the next two years highlight Railtrack's intent to radically improve the quality of stations and to expand the rail network.

Altogether 2,360 stations will benefit from the investment programme which includes 49 with a spend exceeding one million pounds. At each of four major stations, Paddington, Waterloo, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, over ? million will be spent. The majority of the investment programme is spread right across the network with levels varying considerably.

The investment programme will embrace complete roof renewals and reglazing, repairs and improvements to buildings, station facilities, passenger information systems, plant, footbridges and platforms. Work is already under way throughout the country but the programme will really take off over the next few months and continue until 2001.

Stations colour the experience of every rail traveller and Railtrack's investment scheme will enhance the rail travel experience and thus improve the product offered by the industry. Railtrack aims to create, as far as it can, a relaxing environment for the station user.

Railtrack is achieving great success in expanding the network through partnership projects with Passenger Transport Executives, local authorities, heritage bodies and train operating companies to create new stations and improve facilities at others. Railtrack will continue to use this approach to involve outside parties in its continuing aspirations to grow its business and the rail network.

Railtrack has earmarked an extra ?million this year for special projects to meet the needs of disabled people. Organisations representing disabled people are being consulted to determine the most effective application for this additional funding.

This extra investment forms just a part of Railtrack's plans to improve access to stations, trains and other network facilities. During 1997 Railtrack will be working closely with the train operating companies to evaluate the level of accessibility at stations and develop a prioritised programme of improvements.

Bob Hill, director property Railtrack plc said: "This year will be an exciting one for Railtrack property with millions of pounds being invested, new stations being opened, and other projects in place to expand and improve the quality and ambience of our stations."

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