Train-goers benefit from multi-million rail investment
Rail-goers are already benefiting from a £150 million investment in train stations. Read on and find out why taking the train just got even better…
Government officials and rail experts have been celebrating the roll-out of a multi-million pound scheme that’s making train stations nicer places to be for train-goers.
According to ATOC – the Association of Train Operating Companies – millions of passengers have already benefitted from improved disabled access, better customer information screens, refurbished ticket offices, new security-improving CCTV systems and new toilets, cafes and waiting rooms as part of the refurbishment.
And ministers have only spent £61 million of their £150 million rail improvement budget so far, meaning there’s another £89 million of improvements to come.
Tom Smith, of the National Stations Improvement Programme, said that the UK’s train stations are steaming ahead in the progress stakes, to make train travel more appealing to thousands more Brits.
What’s more, as station improvements are being carried out on time and well within budget, the scheme could be extended to even more stations than originally planned.
“Train companies and Network Rail have worked closely with each other and with councils and other local groups to ensure that improvements made to stations are those that benefit passengers most, and that they deliver value for money,” Mr. Smith said.
“Thanks to the funding it has attracted from local authorities and other organisations, NSIP will far exceed the original objective of improving 150 stations, meaning thousands more passengers will see the benefits, and taxpayers’ money will go much further.”
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