A brand new ticket office has now been officially opened at Leyland Railway Station, bringing a phase of improvement work to completion.
Funded by Northern Rail, Lancashire County Council and Network Rail’s National Stations Improvement Programme, the renewed ticket office is the result of an investment of £400,000, with also allowed the provision of five new waiting shelters, seating on platforms, installation of Customer Information Screens on all platforms and CCTV cameras over the past few years.
The opening of the ticket office, located in the car park off Golden Hill, marks the final work in the first phase of improvements at the station.
Following the announcement that Leyland is being awarded more funding, this time under the Government’s Access for All scheme, even more changes are on the way at the station.
This work is set to include much-needed lifts for the two centre platforms, and the installation of a new footbridge.
It will be completed between 2015 and 2019, and whilst the Leyland Railway Station work is now at a advanced design stage, the exact schedule for the work to be carried out has not yet been established.
Craig Harrop, from Northern Rail, said: “These improvements bring real benefits to our customers who travel from Leyland.
“The new waiting shelters and seating make for a more comfortable travel experience and the addition of Customer Information screens mean more up to date information is available. Add to that the peace of mind that comes with CCTV cameras, and the station is much improved.”
Ian Joslin, of Network Rail, added: “This is the first stage of improvements which will provide passengers with better facilities at Leyland station.
“We continue to work with all our partners to improve the railway to meet the demands of the increasing number of passengers who choose to travel by train every day.”
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport at Lancashire County Council, said: “The investment at Leyland station has achieved a remarkable transformation of this previously neglected station.
“Partnership working has shown what can be achieved and I am really delighted that the Department for Transport has included the station in the recent Access for All announcement, paving the way for the provision of state of the art lifts that will connect all the platforms to the new booking office.
“This is the icing on the cake, fully addressing the concerns expressed by mobility impaired users.”
Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, added: “The need to improve Leyland Railway Station has been a priority for us for a long time, so I am really pleased that the new ticket office is now up and running.
“There is still some way to go before all of the improvements are completed, but following the good news that the station will receive £3.5 million under the Government’s Access For All scheme, I’m confident that the station will soon be fit for purpose and accessible to all.”