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24.08.20

Second footbridge to be built at St Albans City station

Thameslink’s busiest station north of London, St Albans, is set to benefit from the launch of the Transport Secretary’s new Acceleration Unit. Grant Shapps has made £6.4m available to build a second footbridge at the station, to help passengers get on and off the platforms more easily.

Work is set to begin in early 2021 and be complete by January 2022.

St Albans had more than 7.5 million people passing through its gates in the 12 months to April 2019, a 2.6% rise on the year before, attributed to the extra services and longer trains Thameslink has introduced.

Aside from the second footbridge scheme, Thameslink is already extending and upgrading St Albans City station in a £5.7 million scheme. Work is already underway and moving well despite the pause due to Covid-19 lockdown. The work is now aiming to be completed in December.

Some of the improvements include a new extension to the main station building, more space on island platform 2 and 3 to relieve crowding in the peak by moving the toilets to platforms 1 & 4 and twice the number of ticket machines.

Thameslink Customer Services Director Jenny Saunders said: “Our services have become increasingly popular as we’ve brought in new, longer trains and additional services.

“To give our passengers a better experience on their daily commute or trip to London, we are already extending and upgrading the station with new retail stores, improved toilets, additional cycle facilities with increased security and a wider entrance to help passenger flows through the Ridgmont Road entrance.

“This second footbridge will be an added, real bonus for commuters, saving them time queuing to get on and off the platforms, in particular the central island platform, which becomes very crowded in normal times. We look forward to working closely with Network Rail to develop the scheme.”

Stephen Hind, Head of Business Development for Network Rail, said: “We welcome the announcement of funding to build a new footbridge at St Albans City Station.

“The footbridge will bring significant benefits for passengers. It will reduce crowding in the station at peak times and make it easier for rail users to move around the station and access the platforms.

“We are looking forward to starting work on site early next year when work has also been completed to improve passenger facilities.”

Image: ThamesLink 

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