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Railtrack plc

Surrey stations receive regeneration boost
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date
7 November 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release



Construction workers have started work at four Surrey stations as £665,000 is spent at Malden Manor,Tolworth, Chessington North and Chessington South as part of Railtrack's station regeneration programme.

£220,000 is being spent at Malden Manor which will see repairs to the station roof and canopies as well as repairs to the platform, concrete fencing and platform edge stones.

Tolworth will receive £150,000 as the station building, concrete fencing, platform surface and platform edge stones all receive repairs.

Chessington South will see £120,000 spent on repairs to the platform surface and repointing of the platform edge stones while exploratory works will be done to assess the state of the station roof. Chessington North will also receive exploratory works to the roof as well as repairs to the platform surface as £175,000 is spent.

Chris Jago, Director Railtrack Southern, said: "The work at this station and others across the country is designed to bring stations to a standard that we and our train operator colleagues can be proud of.

"The travelling public who use these stations should be able to feel they are part of a caring, clean, environmentally-friendly organisation. The station should enhance the start and finish of their journey."

When Railtrack was formed, it inherited stations in various stages of repair and disrepair. The £1 billion regeneration programme, which will be carried out over a period of five years, plans to take in all of the UK's railway stations as part of Railtrack's commitment to create a railway fit for the 21st Century.

"The aim of the programme is to enhance the rail travel experience," said Mr Jago. "The station environment is the litmus test of our stewardship of the railway for both the traveller and local community. We want the judgement to be positive and it is our intention to deliver," he added.

To be able to deliver such a massive programme of station work in the Surrey area Railtrack has embarked on a pioneering concept of delivery with its construction partner, Kier Construction Limited.

Jim Thompson, Kier's Project manager said of the work, "Kier Construction is keen to demonstrate to Surrey commuters its commitment to delivering this work both safely and with a minimum of disruption. It is a source of pride to Kier that our excellent record in the construction business is carried through to the users of these stations as we play our part in the railway renaissance."


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