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Leyland Railway Station platform extension delayed after contractor goes bust

Posted on - 13th February, 2024 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Leyland, Preston News, South Ribble Locations
Leyland Station's platforms have always been too short for many trains Pic: calflier001
Leyland Station’s platforms have always been too short for many trains Pic: calflier001

Leyland Railway Station’s platform extension work has been pushed back due to the contractor going into administration.

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It was reported last week that the project was nearing completion by Network Rail, but it has now been delayed.

Northern Rail operates six-carriage electric trains from the station but could only open the doors on five carriages due to the short platforms. The project also includes other measures such as a safe tactile paving surface on the platform for people with sight loss or vision impairment.

This is significant as Leyland Railway Station was made step free a few years ago using government money.

Despite the delay, the platform are expected to be full open by spring, according to Network Rail.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We thank Leyland station passengers for their patience after our work to extend the platforms has taken longer than expected due to the building contractor unexpectedly going bust.

“While the platform extension work is complete, CCTV still needs to be installed before they can open for use.

“We’re working to do this as quickly as possible to make more space at this well used and busy station on the West Coast main line.”

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