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Network Rail announce £3.25bn station improvements

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Network Rail today announced a £3.25 billion investment programme for UK train stations and a pioneering survey of passenger opinion

Over 2,000 stations will benefit from the five-year improvement drive which aims to deliver new passenger information systems, lifts and stairways, toilets, waiting rooms, longer platforms and new ticket halls.

Stations managed by Network Rail should ‘showcase good british design and safegurard our heritage,’ and ‘act as a hub for the development of our major cities,’ according to the companies Action Stations ten point plan.

Birmingham New Street, Edinburgh Waverley, and the capital’s Blackfriars, King’s Cross and London Bridge will benefit from improvements worth over £100m each. Schemes for Glasgow Central, Farringdon, Cannon Street and Paddington will receive over £20million, and Bromsgrove, Leicester, Maidstone East, Manchester Victoria, Nottingham, Oxford, Putney and Reading Green Park will get over £10m.

‘Many of the larger station projects mentioned in today’s announcement such as Birmingham New Street already have architects assigned to them however there are over 2,000 stations involved in the project with work spanning over a five-year period,’ said a spokesperson for Network Rail.

Station improvements include:

New station entrance to the south side of Leeds Station

The new station entrance designed by Bauman Lyons at Leeds will allow 17,000 passengers to access the station. Leeds station is used by 100,000 passengers a day and has the biggest footfall outside of London and Brimingham. The improvement is scheduled to open in 2012.

New Concourse at Blackfriars Station

The new Blackfriars station spanning the Thames is scheduled to open in 2012.

Birmingham New Street improvements

The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street is scheduled for completion in 2015.

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