Upgrade to station just the ticket for commuters

Leyland railway station
Leyland railway station

Leyland Railway Station is set to get a new ticket office by the end of the year.

The refurbishment has been in the pipeline for almost six years, and the ticket office was due to be demolished and replaced last year.

But after Network Rail secured funding from the Department of Transport in November to draw up detailed designs for additional work to improve access, which included three lifts, staircases and a new footbridge linking the platforms, the ticket office plan was put on hold.

It was thought that the ticket office scheme could be incorporated into the access improvement works.

However, Northern Rail, which secured an initial £450,000 pot with Network Rail and Lancashire County Council in 2011, has now confirmed that the ticket office project will go ahead before the other plans after all.

It added that work could start as early as October, and it is expected to take about a month to complete.

Craig Harrop, client and stakeholder manager for Northern Rail, said: “Later this year, a £280,000 project funded by the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP) will see a new ticket office facility installed for our customers at Leyland, replacing the existing ticket office on the over bridge.”

Some work has already taken place over the last couple of years from the initial NSIP fund in 2011, including the installation of real-time information boards, new ticket machines, and platform shelters.

The designs are still being drawn up by Network Rail for the access improvements, which have been campaigned for for years.

The main problem is that wheelchair users cannot access platforms two and three, so they have to get on the train at Preston or Chorley instead.

Once the designs are complete, Network Rail will present them to the Department for Transport, which will then need to earmark more funding for the work to actually take place.

A decision on whether funding will be provided is expected to be announced early next year.