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TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 GM stations

Major work to upgrade stations across Manchester’s heavy rail network has kicked off this week.

This first phase will see customer information screens, public address systems, CCTV, help points and induction loops installed at 25 stations around Greater Manchester.

Tactile paving will then be put in place on platform edges to enhance safety for passengers with a visual impairment.

The works, which will cost £2.4m, are being funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) as part of its Rail Station Improvement Strategy and are set to be complete by next year.

“Rail stations in our region are absolutely crucial to providing an integrated public transport system that keeps passengers moving and our economy growing,” said Cllr Andrew Fender, chair of TfGM.

“Some stations are not of a great standard and are old, inaccessible and unattractive – and customers often feel unsafe using them.

“I am delighted that the TfGM Committee has approved additional funding to enhance them by financing a range of customer-focused facilities. We need to support more public transport use and rail stations need continued investment to encourage more people to leave the car at home and choose rail travel as a viable option.”

And Amanda White, head of rail at TfGM, added: “We want to make travel easier in Greater Manchester, which is why we are providing facilities like help points, CCTV systems and public address systems to contribute to a more pleasant and assured journey experience.

“Our aspiration is to play a greater role in the management and operation of rail stations, and we are speaking with government about how we can make this happen, moving closer to a fully integrated transport network in Greater Manchester.”

White will also be speaking at TransCityRail North, hosted by RTM at Manchester’s Principal Hotel on 5 October.

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Andrew Gwilt   22/09/2017 at 10:33

More improvements for Manchester Metrolink. With the extension to Trafford Park and Port Salford. And the proposed future extension to Stockport.

Lutz   25/09/2017 at 04:41

GBP 2.4 Million, to cover 25 stations? There must be additional funding from elsewhere - NR?

Mikeyb   25/09/2017 at 17:09

@Andrew Gwilt. Read the story properly, this has nothing to do with Metrolink

Andrew Gwilt   27/09/2017 at 06:39

Suppose I was in dreamland again. Ffs.

RTM   01/10/2017 at 07:24

AGain. Quite swearing at people.

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