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East Midlands Trains announces building improvements at Spalding station.
East Midlands Trains are improving the appearance of the Grade II listed three storey building at Spalding station in Lincolnshire.
Working alongside the Railway Heritage Trust, East Midlands Trains is reinstating the currently boarded up windows, as well as restoring the interior floorboards and ceilings to their former glory.
The building will become weather tight with the potential for retail units to be opened for customers in the future.
The improvement works, which start this month, will take place over six weeks with no anticipated disruption to rail customers travelling to, and through Spalding station.
Once the restoration work on the building is complete, Network Rail will begin work to improve accessibility at the station in a £2.5million investment. Network Rail will install lifts at the station providing step-free access to platform two and improving the customer experience.
Work will also take place to install tactile paving, additional CCTV cameras and improve the lighting on the footbridge. This project is set to begin in September 2019 with completion expected in March 2020.
Sophie Hammond, Area Manager for Lincolnshire for East Midlands Trains said: “The restoration of the building in the station will greatly improve the appearance and overall look and feel to our passengers who use the station regularly”.
Andy Savage, Executive Director for the Railway Heritage Trust said: “We are delighted to support this scheme, which reinstates the missing doors, windows and flooring, and we see this as the first stage in developing opportunities to use the empty space in the building once more."
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “This vital work will improve the look and feel of Spalding railway station and improve the station for all passengers who use it and we are delighted to be working closely with East Midlands Trains and the Railway Heritage Trust. The installation of lifts and tactile paving will improve accessibility at the station and make sure we continue to provide a service which meets needs of the communities and economies we serve.”