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18.04.12

Cosford reopening delayed again

Cosford station’s reopening has been delayed for a second time, amid disagreements between Network Rail and station operator London Midland.

TheShropshirestation was originally due to reopen on March 12, and then again on Monday, following a £2.1m project to rebuild it.

Network Rail stated that sufficient work has been carried out for the reopening, but operator London Midland disagreed.

The project began in October 2011, and a shuttle bus has been operating between Cosford and Albrighton whilst the work continues.

On Tuesday, Network Rail said: “While there is still some work to do to complete Cosford station, we believe we have done sufficient work to enable the station to reopen safely for passenger use.

“However, we understand that London Midland is not prepared to reopen the station until all the work is completed.”

In a statement, London Midland said: “We are not prepared to take Cosford station back into service as it still lacks some very basic customer facilities, such as a waiting shelter and customer information screens.

“We are however, working closely with Network Rail to agree a reopening date as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are keeping our customers informed of the situation and continuing with the bus replacement services from the station.”

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