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Upgrades to ten stations in final pot of £100m fund

Ten stations will share in £15 million improvements under the final tranche of a £100m station improvement fund launched last year by Network Rail.

The fund will be used for car park enhancements at stations including Hanborough and Cheltenham Spa, while Dover Priory will have a multi-storey car park and retail enhancements of 6,000 sq ft built.

Association of Train Operating Companies director of policy Alec McTavish said: “The benefits to passengers of the scores of improvements being made to stations, depots and other facilities are clear, but equally important in this scheme are the benefits to taxpayers.

“The improvements made now will raise the value of rail franchises overall, which will generate more money for the Government and reduce the need for taxpayer subsidy in the future.”

To be eligible for the fund, proposals had to demonstrate a benefit to passengers and a reduction in the overall public subsidy for rail by generating a financial return to the Department for Transport.

The first successful bids were announced in August 2011, with funding totalling £21m allocated to 16 projects. The second wave in November 2011 saw 21 successful bids with total funding of £57m allocated.

The ten winning schemes are:

Trans Pennine Express (applicant); Huddersfield – automatic ticket gates

First Great Western; Hanborough – car park enhancements, 191 new spaces

First Great Western; Cheltenham Spa – car park enhancements, 67 new spaces

Greater Anglia; Tottenham Hale – automatic ticket gates

Southern; Bexhill – automatic ticket gates

c2c; Southend East – automatic ticket gates

Network Rail; Dover Priory – multi-storey car park (500 spaces) and retail enhancements (6000 sq ft)

Northern Rail; New Pudsey – car park extension,173 new spaces

South West Trains; Farnborough – single deck car park expansion, 243 new spaces

South West Trains; Fleet – single deck car park expansion, 153 new spaces

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