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Rail passengers in Newark Castle are set for new station facilities, including a new staffed ticket office with toilets, as work begins at Newark Castle railway station this week.
Work has now started on restoring the heritage features of the original station building whilst making it more accessible for passengers. The building, which has remained empty for the last nine years, was originally built in 1846.
The project, at a cost of nearly £½ million, is funded by the Department for Transport’s National Station Improvement Programme, with the Railway Heritage Trust contributing a grant of £77,000 towards enhancements.
Experts working within railway heritage are providing support and advice to the project team to ensure that the station building is returned to its former glory in the most appropriate way.
It is anticipated that the space inside, as well as being used as a ticket office and retail unit will also become a hub for the local community.
Improved cycle storage will also be introduced with provision for 40 cycles in two tier racks at the station.
Andy Moore, Head of Major Projects at East Midlands Trains said, “We are delighted to be able to make these changes to the station and restore this fabulous building to its former glory. We are very pleased to be working with our partners to provide what will be a fantastic facility for our customers and the local community.”
Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust said, “The Trust gave over a quarter of a million pounds in grants to restore the main building at Newark Castle, one of the oldest surviving stations on the Network, in the 1980s and 1990s. Its current derelict state is disappointing so we are delighted to be able to support this East Midlands Trains project to restore this 1846 listed building to its original purpose.”
Steve Hughes, Area Director at Network Rail said, “We have worked closely with East Midlands Trains and the Railway Heritage Trust to develop plans to both restore and update the building. We are delighted that these changes will improve the facilities for both the passengers and local community.”
Matt Lam, Development Manager, Development and from Newark and Sherwood District Council said, “Proposals which secure the long term viability and use of an important heritage asset in Newark, like the one at the Castle Station, are to be welcomed and the council will continue to work with East Midlands Trains to secure an appropriate scheme.
The work follows the announcement that an additional 25 services between Newark Castle and Nottingham will be introduced by December 2016.
All improvements at the station are due to be completed by early 2016.