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16.10.13

Salford Crescent upgrade complete

A £12m upgrade at Salford Crescent station is now complete, Network Rail has announced, with operator Northern Rail calling it “a station on the rise”. 

The work included a new ticket office, better customer information and security systems, as well as a new lift, new canopies and new seating. The platforms have been extended to accommodate six-car trains. 

Dyan Crowther, Network Rail route director said: “Along with the rest of the rail network, more passengers are using Salford Crescent than ever before, with demand forecast to continue increasing in years to come. The rebuilding of Salford Crescent delivers a better experience for passengers and will allow it to handle the ever increasing numbers of people who want to use the railways. 

“In the long term, we have big plans for further improving the rail network across the north through the Northern Hub, which will create space for up for 700 more trains every day and help provide over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits for the region.” 

Salford City mayor Ian Stewart said: “Salford is one of the fastest growing cities in Britain and we need our local transport to be able to cope with that. Salford is growing, jobs are being created and now commuters can get to work more easily.” 

Lee Wasnidge, area director for Northern Rail, added: “Salford Crescent is a station on the rise; in line with investment in the north west and with passenger numbers continuing to grow, improvements in access and facilities will deliver better journeys for our customers.” 

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