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16.05.13

Four new stations to benefit from DfT fund

Waltham Forest, Derbyshire, Devon and Newport have won funding from the DfT’s New Station Fund, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.

A new £6.5m station will be built in Lea Bridge, Waltham Forest with £1m support from the fund. The station will consist of two platforms, a new footbridge and lifts, station canopy, ticket vending machines, Oyster readers, waiting shelters, help points and cycle storage.

Ilkeston in Derbyshire will receive £4.5m towards a £6.5m station with two platforms and waiting shelters as well as a new car park, customer information screens, CCTV and automated ticket machines.

The DfT will fund half of the £1.5m cost of a new station in Newcourt, Devon. It will include a new platform and shelter, ticket machine, secure cycle parking and CCTV. The station will be served by a half-hourly local service on the Exmouth branch.

Pye Corner, Newport will receive £2.5m for a £3.5m scheme for a single platform, which is also being funded by the Welsh Government. The station will be equipped with a help point, ticket machine, CCTV and customer information screens. The station will be served by a car park accommodating 70 spaces.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the funding “illustrates our commitment to working with community and national partners to meet local transport needs that not only deliver real benefits to passengers but also improves the network”.

He added: “This is another example of the government’s determination to transform the railways as we continue to push forward with the biggest programme of rail investment ever.”

Richard Hebditch, campaigns director for the Campaign for Better Transport said: “This announcement of four new railway stations is great news for the thousands of people who will benefit from being on the rail network. Fifty years after Dr Beeching closed a third of the network, the successful applications to the New Stations Fund show that communities up and down the country are clamouring to get back on track.

“The challenge now is to build a railway that meets the growing demand to travel by train. That means reopening lines as well as stations.”

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