#StationsDay celebrates landmark investment in East Anglia’s train stations
Greater Anglia is today joining with other train operators to mark the first ever national #StationsDay, which celebrates the investment to regenerate Britain’s rail stations.
Greater Anglia is committed to investing £60 million in upgrading stations during its franchise, and has already completed four major station redevelopments at Norwich, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Ipswich.
The work has transformed the stations, providing smart, modern facilities to passengers, resulting in both Ipswich and Cambridge being named ‘Station of the Year’.
The train operator has also invested in smaller stations across its network through initiatives such as:
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, said, “Since the start of our franchise we’ve committed to spending £60 million to improve rail stations in East Anglia. This work ranges from installing new ticket machines, toilets, waiting rooms and retail units, to redeveloping entire stations.
“We’re also pioneering a scheme to bring redundant station buildings back into use as community hubs, giving them a new lease of life and helping to meet the needs of local people.”
Robert Nisbet, Regional Director of the Rail Delivery Group which represents the rail industry and has organised #StationsDay, said, “Stations are the beating hearts of local communities. Working together in partnership, the rail industry is delivering unprecedented investment to improve these stations as part of our long-term plan to change and improve.”
Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, said, “This government is investing in the most significant upgrade of the UK rail network since Victorian times, spending over £48bn over the next five years to upgrade and build brand new stations across the network.
“This is delivering huge benefits for passengers at major stations including Liverpool Lime Street, London Bridge and Derby, as well as investment in five new stations. In July we also announced that we will invest £300m up to 2024 to improve access at selected stations, ensuring our rail network is open to everyone.”