£500K upgrade for Harwich Town station
Passengers using Harwich Town station are to benefit from better lighting, resurfaced platforms and a brand new waiting shelter.
Train operator Greater Anglia is spending £500K to transform the station, including dismantling of the dilapidated platform canopy which is no longer fit for purpose and is damaging the brick archways on the station building.
The canopy will be replaced with a brand new Accoya wooden shelter to better protect passengers from the elements as they wait for trains and the affected brickwork on the station building will be restored.
As part of an overall electrical upgrade for the station, the existing orange-coloured lighting will be replaced by more energy efficient, white LED lights which will be brighter, improving levels of safety and security, whilst consuming far less energy.
The platforms will also be completely resurfaced with new tarmac and the coper slabs at the platform edge will be repointed and replaced where needed.
Local residents will be informed about the upgrade by letter and are being advised that the East entrance to the platforms will be closed from mid-February until April but that access will still be available through the front entrance during this time. The work is expected to be complete by the summer.
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Director of Asset Management, said, “While this work is carried out we will strive to keep inconvenience and noise levels to a minimum with most of the work taking place during weekdays. I look forward to welcoming customers to a brighter, safer station as this upgrade is completed. Investing in upgrades to stations across the network is extremely important to Greater Anglia, demonstrating our commitment to providing excellent facilities and service to our customers.”