Preston Station’s major revamp is now complete after nearly two years of work.Advertisement
The new look side entrance into Butler Street is now open and there’s a new Starbucks on the platform.
Virgin Trains says £2million has been invested in new facilities at the main line station.
Free WiFi is now available on the concourse and platforms, and a West Cornwall Pasty Co is also open.
Already opened last year were the Bike Hub and a refurbished ticket collection area at the front of the station.
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Platforms three and four have been resurfaced and heritage tiles on both platforms have been restored.
General manager for Virgin Trains west coast service Michael Stewart said: “As we celebrate our twentieth year we continue to put our customers at the heart of everything we do. Our investment at Preston station is a great example of this.
“Each phase of investment has been designed to enhance the experience for customers using the station and accommodate the growth we’re seeing in passenger numbers.
“We’re proud that the £2m investment has now been completed, and we’d like to thank Network Rail, Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council for their support. We hope customers using the station will benefit from these changes for many years to come.”
The new side entrance includes a retail unit, customer information screens and new ticket vending machines with direct access into platform seven.
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Cabinet member for economic development at Lancashire County Council Michael Green said: “Over two million passengers use Preston railway station each year, making it a critical transport asset and important gateway for Lancashire and for people further afield. These changes will undoubtedly improve the experience for passengers, enhancing the station’s presence within the city centre and its relationship to a range of proposed commercial and residential developments including the £200m UCLan campus redevelopment, City Centre Living and the leisure-led transformation of the Harris Quarter.
“Key sectors of the Lancashire economy require better transport connections to continue prospering, including tourism, aerospace, the energy sector, and higher education; while other key industries rely on rail capacity for freight services. We want Preston to have a modern, 21st century facility and Virgin Trains’ investment in the station is welcome.”
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