Leyland station ticket office almost built

Leyland Railway Station's new ticket office
Leyland Railway Station's new ticket office

Work is progressing well to build a new ticket office at Leyland Railway Station.

The scheme is part of a wider project to improve the facilities at the station, and funding is now sought for a new footbridge and lift.

South Ribble Council Leader, Coun Margaret Smith, has campaigned for improvements at the station for years.

She said the ongoing work is an essential part of making the station fit for the 21st century.

The council has worked with Network Rail, Northern Rail and Lancashire County Council to bring some smaller improvements to facilities at the station in recent years.

Coun Smith vowed to continue her efforts to lobby for further upgrades to the station, in particular around access to the middle platforms.

It is hoped that the next stages of development will come to fruition with money from the Department of Transport’s Access for All programme.

Leyland Railway Station has been nominated for the next round of funding by Network Rail and Northern Rail, with a decision expected by summer.

This funding would facilitate the installation of a new footbridge and a lift for wheelchair users, people with prams and those with limited mobility.

Coun Smith said: “The need to improve Leyland Railway Station has been a priority for us for a long time, so I am pleased that work to complete the new ticket office is on track to be finished next month.

“We’ve already seen the installation of new waiting shelters and real-time information boards as part of the wider project to upgrade the station, but there is still some way to go before all of the improvements are completed.”