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Newbury station completes subsequent stage in multi-million-pound redevelopment

The multi-million-pound redevelopment of Newbury station has taken a major step ahead with completion of labor on the north facet of the station.

Seven new ticket gates, an open-plan ticket space, enlarged ready room, café and bathrooms at the moment are in use as a part of a transforming of the station to offer an enhanced buyer expertise.

Nice Western Railway is working with West Berkshire Council, Berkshire LEP and Community Rail to ship the enhancements, designed to assist help the city’s financial growth.

This began with the set up of a raise on the station and final yr noticed the opening of two new cycle hubs including 300 cycle areas; and a brand new 160-space multi-storey automotive park with electrical automotive charging factors and improved strolling routes to the city centre.

Work can also be progressing at tempo on the south facet of the station with the creation of three new enterprise progress items, and improved pedestrian and bus entry.

Companions gathered on the station yesterday (Wednesday 23 November) to mark the completion of this essential milestone.

GWR Enterprise Improvement Portfolio Director, Tom Pierpoint, mentioned:

“It is improbable to see the north facet of the station is now in full use, with prospects capable of make the most of a way more welcoming ready room and café.

“Newbury station has been really reworked over the previous 12 months and it has been a privilege to work with our companions to ship these modifications that are so essential to the native financial system and communities we serve.”

West Berkshire Council’s Govt Member for Planning, Transport and Countryside, Cllr Richard Somner, mentioned:

“It is a nice mission for the district. With optimistic partnership working we are able to now start to see the progress made over the past yr or so to make Newbury station larger and higher geared up for passengers.

“The station enchancment helps a number of of the council’s key priorities from an financial and environmental perspective and as soon as the ultimate levels are accomplished by subsequent yr, the station will show to be a worthwhile asset to assist West Berkshire proceed to be an excellent place to reside , work, and go to.”

Berkshire LEP Chief Govt, Alison Webster, mentioned:

“It has been an actual pleasure to be right here for this milestone occasion for the brand new station constructing at Newbury station. This redevelopment won’t solely encourage sustainable journey by making a high-quality sustainable transport hub however will even create an outstanding gateway to Newbury city middle .

“It builds on the enhancements achieved by the electrification of the road and the set up of passenger lifts, serving to to modernize this essential a part of the community. I look ahead to the opening of the brand new enterprise items which are underneath means, which can current a brand new vibrant area alternative for a few of our rising companies.”

Community Rail sponsor, Sandra Jerome, mentioned:

“It is nice to see the primary stage of the Newbury station redevelopment come to fruition on the north facet, with passengers benefiting from a much-improved touring expertise via upgraded services.

“Because the landowner of the location, we have labored carefully with GWR, West Berkshire Council and the Berkshire LEP to combine plenty of initiatives on the station together with the brand new cycle hub, multi storey automotive park and three enterprise progress items which are presently being constructed on the south facet and can help the native financial system.

“We look ahead to persevering with our work with these companions to remodel Newbury station, putting sustainable journey on the coronary heart of the city and ensuing passengers will profit from these enhancements for years to return.”

Newbury MP, Laura Farris, mentioned:

“I’m so happy to see such radical enhancements to the station at Newbury and to the encircling space with the Market Road redevelopment. It has been a pleasure to observe the scheme develop and, notably, to see a station that can significantly better serve the wants of Newbury’s inhabitants and people utilizing the railway with the addition of the multi-storey automotive park and bike storage services.”

Railway Heritage Belief Govt Director, Tim Hedley-Jones, mentioned:

“The Railway Heritage Belief is absolutely happy to see that the refurbishment of 1847-built Newbury station has been accomplished with consideration to its historic material.

“We’ve awarded a grant of £55,000 to give attention to the restoration of home windows and cautious creation of door openings, to assist the passenger expertise throughout the station. The paint scheme has been carried out in a tasteful and constant means all through. We look ahead to working with GWR on different heritage schemes on the station.”

The station redevelopment is predicted to be absolutely accomplished subsequent spring.

Picture credit score to GWR

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