Preston Station is to be ‘transformed’ during a £1.5m makeover according to Virgin Trains.Advertisement
The company, which operates the West Coast Mainline station, is to see new shops and and concourse.
Work begins on Monday (April 25) and take six months to complete.
Station Manager at Preston Shirley Ross said: “We’re really excited for the next phase of investment to begin at Preston.
“We received a great response to the new retail offering last year and we’re sure that the latest enhancement scheme will offer an even better experience for those travelling to and from Preston. During the works, access to the station from Butler Street will change slightly, so we advise customers to allow extra time for their journey and thank them for their understanding.”
New ticket machines, information screens, car park payment machines and a new retail unit are all planned.
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Lancashire County Council said the work is needed to ensure the station is fit for purpose for when HS2 eventually reaches Preston.
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Head of strategic development at the county council Beckie Joyce said: “With over two million passengers every year, Preston Railway Station is a critical transport asset and gateway for Lancashire and communities further afield.
“We welcome these proposals from Virgin Trains, which will provide much needed and immediate improvements to the passenger experience at the railway station. We are hopeful that these improvements are just the start of a longer term programme to make sure Preston Railway Station is, over the coming years, transformed into a modern, 21st century facility fully compatible with HS2.”
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