New look stations will be just the ticket
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New look stations will be just the ticket
type Press release
Railtrack has announced an ambitious new programme of investment in Britain’s rail stations. The company’s "Station Regeneration" scheme sees stations the length and breadth of the country set to share in a £1b cash injection.
Railtrack chairman Sir Robert Horton has pledged the scheme will transform rail travel and deliver a "railway second to none." Today’s announcement comes hot on the heels of the company’s commitment to spend more than £4m every day on improving the country’s railway.
Regeneration is being launched with a series of events nationwide.
At Stirling rail chiefs, community groups and councillors will gather to celebrate the transformation of their station.
Bearsden Station will play host to local toddlers and mums as they gather to celebrate the installation of pram friendly access which will be a boon to any other traveller with mobility difficulties.
And at Glasgow Central, customers can join Railtrack Scotland’s Director Paul Prescott as he cuts a huge cake to mark the Regeneration launch - and Railtrack’s first year as a private sector company.
Dr Prescott explained "Regeneration is the name we have given to our station investment programme which has scored some great successes already. Travellers at Stirling are enjoying the fruits of a £1.7m investment which has seen a huge improvement in the look of the buildings but has also resolved the major problem of the infamous "gap" between the platform and the trains."
The Regeneration programme makes history as the biggest scheme ever to focus on the all important issue of station quality. Edinburgh’s Waverley Station is targeted for a massive £40m investment which will help create a "world class station". In addition to the vast roof reglazing works underway, Waverley will also see brand new Customer Information equipment installed and up and running by August 1997.
Historic Waverley steps are also benefiting from the scheme with work ongoing in improving the surfaces on the century-old landmark.
At Scotland’s busiest station, Glasgow Central, everything from the roof to the platforms and historic hydraulic buffers will be revamped.
"There are just too many individual projects in the pipe line to list them all," commented Paul Prescott.
"Though not all the work will be as dramatic as Waverley and Central, I can promise the effect is going to be the same - a railway to be proud of."
For more information on Regeneration in your area please call the Railtrack Press Office on 0141 335 3324/3302.
PHOTOCALLS: Stirling Station concourse, bedecked in Regeneration visuals. Bill Ure Secretary RUCC makes statement about customer reaction to station initiative.
Bearsden 1130 toddler’s cavalcade
Glasgow Central 1600 giant cake cutting, station fitted in regeneration graphics. Cake distributed to customers in the station.
Projects currently under way include:
Dundee Station: Railtrack will reach for the skies at Dundee with four months of intensive work on the roofs of the main station building and the canopies over platform 1. Substantial improvements to the station heating system means travellers can brave the chilly Tayside winters in comfort.
Helensburgh Central: Argyllshire’s busiest station will benefit from a complete overhaul with the present premises being refitted to better suit customer needs. The famous fanned screens at either end of the train shed roof will also be restored to their former splendour.
Falkirk High: commuters on ScotRail’s premier Express route will notice something special is afoot when the platform at "the high" are resurfaced and sections widened to provide more room at this popular station.
Paisley Gilmour Street: Outside and inside this station is undergoing an impressive facelift with the masonry at the approach being restored and the roofs and platform buildings scheduled for intensive works.
Cathcart Circles: the back bone to rail travel south of the river is undergoing an impressive facelift with works ongoing at Pollockshaws East, Langside and Maxwell Park.
Railhub Archive ::: 1997-05-20 RTK-003