The new side entrance in Preston Station has been attracting attention.Advertisement
Preston photographer Paul Melling snapped how it is coming along and it has drawn a strong reaction from Prestonians.
Described as a ‘carbunckle’ and ‘how the hell did that get planning permission?’ are just some of the responses on social media.
Virgin Trains is spending £1.5million on a major revamp of the mainline station.
Creating a new side entrance is one part of the project, but Paul’s pictures have raised eyebrows.
Dave (PNE) Hogg said: “How did that plan get pased by the council, it’s an abortion’.”
Neil Halton tweeted: “It’s crazy. They did a good job on the other side too.”
Siad said: “Planning gone mad. What are they thinking sticking a grey box at entrance of a listed building?”
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Others are amazed at how it is worse than Crewe Station.
Wow – the new entrance at #Preston Railway Station isn’t exactly sympathetic to the existing architecture! @blogpreston pic.twitter.com/5E6CzPFZ2y
— Paul Melling (@Pjmimages) June 15, 2017
Work on the station began in April last year and sees new shops and a concourse, as well as a new bike hub.
It was due to take six months but has gone on much longer – not least because of a roof collapse part way through in gale-force winds.
The work on the station is needed for if the HS2 project is extended up to Preston along the West Coast Mainline.
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