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18.03.14

Wokingham becomes latest NSIP benefactor

Wokingham has become the 400th station to benefit from the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP) after receiving a £6m refurbishment.

The project – which was funded by NSIPin partnership with South West Trains, Network Rail and Wokingham Borough Council – has delivered significant benefits for the station’s passengers.

The refurbishment project has delivered a new modern station building; an improved transport interchange for taxis, buses and car users and a drop-off area; a new, bigger waiting area with more seating; a larger booking hall and improved ticket facilities; and state-of-the-art passenger information screens.

Rail minister Baroness Kramer, who opened the new station, said: “This scheme to improve our stations has been a real success, and Wokingham, the 400th station to benefit, is a great example. 

“We have delivered £220 million worth of improvements to 400 stations in England and Wales. It is making a real difference to the people who use our railways and is a great example of the rail industry working with local partners to benefit passengers and communities.”

Tim Shoveller, managing director of the South West Trains and Network Rail alliance, added that Wokingham station has been transformed with a new station building that feels more spacious and welcoming, enabling passengers to pass through the station more quickly and easily.

“During this franchise we have invested over £50m in our stations as these provide a gateway to our rail services. We have greatly valued the partnership working with Wokingham Borough Council on this project,” he added.

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Comments

Bob   04/08/2014 at 15:44

I am worried about the latest trend in designs as they do not seem to consider the customers. Wokingham is a prime example. You get wet on the platforms when it rains, could so easily been solved. There is a large outside paved area that is good for skateboards etc but the space could have been better utilised for short term drop off parking. An outside ticket machine that the screen can't be seen in sunlight. Only two ticket counter, there are often long queues it would have been easy to provide three, they would not all have to be staffed all the time.

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