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The Leader of Derby City Council will join Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP to officially open Derby’s new-look Rail Station Forecourt on Thursday (18 April).
The £2.7 million continues the redevelopment of Derby’s rail station. The project which is part financed by the European Union through its ERDF programme, has transformed this gateway to the city, creating a bold and positive statement to welcome people to Derby. More than four million passengers, who travel to and from Derby Midland Station every year will benefit from a new transport interchange to help the them move on the to the next stage of their journey and will be able to enjoy this dynamic public space which captures the imagination both day and night.
The refurbishments have delivered improved accessibility for passengers, such as the new transport interchange for buses and taxis, with safe and comfortable waiting areas and a new cycle shelter containing 148 safe and secure spaces, almost doubling the previous capacity, a further statement about Derby’s growing reputation as a great place for cycling.
In addition, the refurbished forecourt also includes additional lighting, seating, new landscaping and public art. The redesign of the space immediately outside the station was developed with the help of community groups including the Voices in Action, young people’s forum. Their input helped transform the forecourt with an interactive piece of public art into a modern, elegant space that showcases Derby as a vibrant, ambitious city.
Before unveiling the plaque to officially open the station Cllr Bayliss will say:
“I am delighted with improvements at Derby Midlands Station. First impressions are so important and this metamorphosis of a prime gateway to our city now proudly demonstrated that Derby is an excellent place to be. For too long Derby’s station did not do justice to our city’s proud railway heritage, now we can raise our heads high and be confident of our prowess in this industry and position as a railways city.
I would like to thank Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and our developers and contractors who all contributed to the works. The improvements are the result of successful partnership working and have completely transformed the area creating a space that is welcoming, highly attractive and easier to use.
This point in the journey is not the end as there are other exciting plans for the area including a complete commercial re-development of the station which will make this transport interchange the envy of the East Midlands region.”
The redevelopment of the station forecourt has built on the successful improvements already made within and around the station and were completed in partnership between Derby City Council, Network Rail and East Midlands Trains.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “The completion of the station forecourt improvement scheme at Derby will deliver some real benefits for our passengers. We’re very pleased to have played our part in this major redevelopment scheme and are certain that travellers will enjoy using the welcoming new-look Derby station.
“We’re in the process of investing around £10 million to improve the stations on our network, and as such an important transport hub, it’s vital that Derby offers a fitting gateway to the City. We would like to thank our passengers, staff and our partners for their support in this improvement scheme.”
Justin Page, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, added: “Derby station is an important gateway to the city. Building on the work already completed within the station itself, the new forecourt now gives visitors and regular travelers alike a much warmer welcome in to Derby.”
The project was funded jointly by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Derby City Council’s Local Transport Plan, and the railway industry as part of its National Stations Improvement Programme.