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Rail passengers at 21 East Midlands Trains stations are now benefitting from improved waiting facilities, following the completion of the first phase of a million pound scheme to deliver new waiting shelters across the network.
New waiting shelters have now been installed at Alfreton, Aslockton, Attenborough, Bingham, Boston, Bottesford, Carlton, Collingham, Heckington, Hinckley, Hykeham, Langley Mill, Long Eaton, Lowdham, Saxilby, Sileby, Spondon, South Wigston, Syston, Uttoxeter and Wainfleet.
The new shelters, which are fully DDA compliant, have replaced the outdated waiting shelters. The new design features LED lighting, which is proven to be 80% more efficient than the traditional tube lighting previously used in waiting shelters. The shelters are also made from a vandal resistant, textured stainless steel finish and incorporate fully toughened glass to ensure they can withstand deliberate or accidental damage.
The next phase of the programme, which starts today (Monday 14 February), will see new waiting shelters installed at every East Midlands Trains station on the Robin Hood line. This includes Bulwell, Hucknall, Newstead, Kirkby in Ashfield, Sutton Parkway, Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Shirebrook, Langwith-Whaley Thorns, Creswell and Whitwell. The programme is due to be fully completed by 31 March 2011.
David Horne, Commercial & Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “The 54 new waiting shelters form part of a £10 million programme of station enhancement work that is currently delivering improvements at stations right across our network.
“We know that our passengers want somewhere clean and comfortable to wait for their trains, and we’re very pleased that our new and improved waiting shelters will provide just that!”
Guy Dangerfield, Passenger Focus manager, said: “Being able to shelter from the elements is crucial while you are waiting for a train. This investment is good news for East Midlands Trains passengers and we encourage other train companies to follow this example.”