Network Rail has announced more than 20 projects will receive £46 million of funding as station upgrades take place across the UK.
The schemes form the second tranche of successful bids for a £100m station improvement fund, launched earlier this year by Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the Association of Train Operating Companies.
The winning projects are:
|Cheshire East Council||Crewe parking improvements|
|East Coast||Wakefield Westgate new station building|
|First Capital Connect||Hatfield transport interchange incl. car park and retail improvements|
|First Capital Connect||Blackfriars retail/commercial space|
|First Great Western||Pangbourne car park improvements|
|First Great Western||Bath Spa ticket gating|
|First Keolis TransPennine||Northallerton car park improvements|
|Network Rail||Newcastle redevelopment|
|Network Rail / East Midlands Trains / East Coast||Neville Hill depot improvements|
|Network Rail / East Coast||Ferme Park depot improvements|
|Network Rail / First Capital Connect||Cricklewood depot improvements|
|South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive||Dore and Totley park & ride|
|Southeastern||Tonbridge car park improvements|
|Southeastern||Dover Priory ticket gates|
|Southeastern||Folkestone West car park improvements|
|Southeastern||Orpington car park improvements|
|Southeastern||Strood car park improvements|
|Southern||Three Bridges retail improvements|
|Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council||Stockport car park improvements|
|Transport for Greater Manchester||Horwich park & ride|
|Virgin Rail||Automatic meter reading facilities at all West Coast stations|
Rail minister Norman Baker said: “This is great news for passengers. If we are to encourage more people to travel by rail in the future then stations must be easier to get to and have better facilities.”
Network Rail network operations managing director Robin Gisby said: “This is a fantastic example of the rail industry, local authorities and other organisations working together to improve the passenger experience without increasing the burden on the taxpayer.
“This second wave of successful bids means this year we have allocated more than £67m in total towards projects which will make travelling by rail better and will generate a substantial return on investment.”
The first tranche of successful bids was announced in August, with funding totalling £21m allocated to 15 projects. Throughout the bidding process there has been no cap on the maximum value of proposals and bids have been welcomed from third party organisations as well as the rail industry.
In addition to the 21 projects announced today, three further second tranche bids have had funding ring-fenced, pending clarification on certain aspects of the projects. Once funding for these bids has been finalised a decision will be taken by the panel on how to proceed with the fund’s remaining monies.