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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve as extra padding to build five new stations across England and Wales – all guaranteed to be accessible and step-free.

The five successful bids include:

  • Horden Peterlee in County Durham, which will receive £4.4m of DfT funding towards a scheme worth £10.55m
  • Warrington West in Cheshire, which will receive £4.23m towards a total price tag of £17.2m
  • Reading Green Park, which will receive £2.3m towards a project cost of £16.5m
  • Bow Street in Ceredigion, Wales, which will receive £3.945m towards the £6.76m total
  • Portway Parkway near Bristol, which will receive £1.672mtowards a total project cost of £2.23m

Rail minister Paul Maynard said that the stations will all improve access to the rail network and create new leisure, training, employment and business opportunities for regions, as well as support new housing developments.

All of the stations are due to be completed by March 2020.

“We are committed to improving journeys for passengers right across the country. This means delivering more trains, quicker journeys and making more seats available,” Maynard explained.

“The New Stations Fund is a great example of how our record investment in the railways and work with local authorities and industry is delivering better journeys for passengers and boosting local economies.”

Today’s news marks the second round of funding for the scheme. The initial round has helped deliver stations at Newcourt (Exeter), Lea Bridge (London), Pye Corner (Newport) and Ilkeston, all of which are already open, and Kenilworth, which is due to be completed later this year.

David Biggs, managing director for Network Rail Property, said: “More people than ever are choosing to travel by train and this ambitious investment into brand new stations allows us to meet growing demand while providing greater connectivity across Britain.

“New stations are proven to have a hugely positive effect on local areas, acting as a catalyst for regeneration driving social and economic improvements,” he continued. “We look forward to beginning work on these schemes as part of our continued efforts to create a better railway for Britain.”

The second phase of the fund was first announced in August last year, although the department had initially promised a £20m cash pot.

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B.P. Buttigieg   28/07/2017 at 19:53

i was under the impression that green park reading was under construction & due to open late 2018. guess i was wrong

J, Leicester   31/07/2017 at 09:58

Great news - this is the investment the network needs, not mindless "quick fixes". Though to get in my usual grumble, what's the point of making a station entirely "step-free" if a disabled access AND a set of steps for those able to use them is able to be provided? It seems plain daft to make somebody able to walk have to go round a long ramp to access a platform in the name of equality.

Andrew Gwilt   01/08/2017 at 02:31

What about a new railway station to the southeast of Rugby called Rugby Parkway that will serve areas including south and southeast Rugby and nearly villages of Kilsby and Crick and to have a Park & Ride included. As the former Kilsby and Crick railway station was located before it was closed down and is now occupied by rail terminal (Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal) southeast of Rugby near to Daventry.

Andrew Gwilt   01/08/2017 at 02:34

And not forgetting Beaulieu railway station northeast of Chelmsford. Close to the A12/A138/A130 Boreham Interchange.

BC Mcr   01/08/2017 at 13:20

I hope the award isn't in unusable pound coins as shown in your image.

Jpg   01/08/2017 at 13:37

Green Park Reading was due next year but the pundits say it requires the Basingstoke iinexpected to be electrified or so they said.This was before the road minister Grayling cancelled the electrification or did I mmiss this line being put back on the cancelled list?

Paul   09/08/2017 at 14:07

How about having a proper system of funding and not this show pony scheme, a system that up grades stations to a measureable and modern standard would be far more beneficial but it would require real funding. My local station is inaccessible to the disabled, limited parking and a waiting room that closes at 14:00 and is not open on a Sunday. Crying out for modernising (Garforth).

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