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Network Rail announces £46m funding for station upgrades

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 CouncilCrewe parking improvements
East CoastWakefield Westgate new station building
First Capital ConnectHatfield transport interchange incl. car park and retail improvements
First Capital ConnectBlackfriars retail/commercial space
First Great WesternPangbourne car park improvements
First Great WesternBath Spa ticket gating
First Keolis TransPennineNorthallerton car park improvements
Network RailNewcastle redevelopment
Network Rail / East Midlands Trains / East CoastNeville Hill depot improvements
Network Rail / East CoastFerme Park depot improvements
Network Rail / First Capital ConnectCricklewood depot improvements
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport ExecutiveDore and Totley park & ride
SoutheasternTonbridge car park improvements
SoutheasternDover Priory ticket gates
SoutheasternFolkestone West car park improvements
SoutheasternOrpington car park improvements
SoutheasternStrood car park improvements
SouthernThree Bridges retail improvements
Stockport Metropolitan Borough CouncilStockport car park improvements
Transport for Greater ManchesterHorwich park & ride
Virgin RailAutomatic 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.

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