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Full steam ahead for Doncaster station upgrade

Plans to develop Doncaster train station are now formally underway as the council’s planning committee granted approval of the designs and layout of the new station forecourt.

Work has already begun on the multimillion-pound project, with phase one seeing the demolition of the old Royal Mail sorting office last year.

The car park will be moved to this site so that the front of the station can be opened up into a landscaped public space, with a water feature and seating areas.

As part of the road improvements included in the redevelopment, the taxi rank will be relocated within the station area and a ‘drop-off loop’ will provide a new one-way system for general traffic.

There are also plans for Virgin Trains, which manages the station, to invest £500,000 in a contemporary glass canopy in front of the station building.

Cllr Bill Mordue, cabinet member for business, skills and economic development, said: “It is great news that the transformation of the train station has received planning permission and we are now able to move ahead with all of the plans.

“Work is well underway on these City Gateway plans which will create a tremendous first impression as people arrive in Doncaster at our train station.”

The scheme is specifically designed to open up Doncaster’s town centre to more visitors and businesses, as well as improve the general atmosphere for residents through an attractive public space “which acts as a new gateway” into the city.

“As well as jobs during construction of these schemes we expect over 2,000 new jobs to be created by 2030 in our town centre,” he continued. “Once the station forecourt work is complete this will be real success story for Doncaster and Yorkshire and we are all committed to helping make our borough thrive.”

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Ian Watkins   16/11/2017 at 14:31

Lets hope they do something about transfer between platforms. Doncaster is a nightmare.....

Andrew Gwilt   16/11/2017 at 14:55

But when will the upgrade works take place at Doncaster station. Possibly early-mid next year or late next year. Might even be given the go ahead in the summer 2018.

Jezza   16/11/2017 at 15:36

Andrew if you could for once read the article you'd see the works are already ongoing.

Andrew Gwilt   16/11/2017 at 18:41

Thanks Jezza.

Andrew Gwilt   16/11/2017 at 19:01

I think Doncaster railway station does need a lot of improvements or at some improvements. It will be brilliant news for Doncaster & surrounding areas and the people who live in Doncaster will benefit a much nicer, bigger and cleaner railway station in Doncaster in the East Coast Main Line.

A Fox   17/11/2017 at 00:40

Pity they can't spend a little on access at Thorne North. The disabled cannot access or leave via the Goole bound side because it is all steps

Ray. Brown   17/11/2017 at 09:43

Let's hope that they don't make a mess of the public traffic access and egress

Gussy Fink Nottle   17/11/2017 at 12:29

The station is Victorian from a early era,modernisation is imperative.

Roger Capel, Sheffield & Glossop   20/11/2017 at 08:00

Being a slightly disabled commuter with a 7am taxi booking from the station to work, I'd like to know just WHERE "in the station area" the taxi rank is going to be. At present I get off my train "over the back" on platform 4 BUT at the moment it's just feet from the sliding concourse doors to my taxi.

Mark Hare   20/11/2017 at 12:02

For the benefit of Cllr Bill Mordue - it's a RAILWAY station, not a 'train station'. And Andrew, when you say you think Doncaster station "does need a lot of improvements or at some improvements", are you a regular user of the station? What features do you consider particularly in need of improvement? What did you think of the opening of Platform 0 last year? Would love to hear your views.

Mmlred   20/11/2017 at 17:36

I hope these improvements are just to the forecourt in all honesty. I like that Doncaster is one of the few large stations left with a human being making the announcements, as opposed to a garbling robot which feels the need to remind you every five seconds that the platforms are wet/icy/lava regardless of the weather and that anything bigger than a Greggs wrapper might be a bomb. Enjoy it while you can - it's a rare island of peace for the time being but will no-doubt be gone sooner or later in this "upgrade". Also, are there any plans to install barriers? It's probably the number 1 station in Yorkshire for 'Spotters so that may cause some contention. The reliability issues they face and delays they cause passengers won't help access either. The place definitely needs some improvements at its entrance though - as others have alluded to, connections can be an issue, especially in the peaks. The cynical funnelling of passengers through Frenchgate shopping centre at present is annoying too - better pedestrian access in other directions will be much appreciated. I'll humour Mark - Platform 0 is poorly signposted and endemic of the wider access problems the station has. I've caught a train from it only once, and ended up on the wrong side of the station - it was a lucky thing I'd arrived early to do some "Gricing!"

Andrew Gwilt   21/11/2017 at 03:17

@Mark Hare. Well I don’t know why platform 0 was built. Possibly to be used for local rural services that Northern’s Pacer normally operates between Doncaster-Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Scunthorpe, Lincoln and Hull and to free up other platforms for other trains that do stop at Doncaster.

Darren   02/02/2018 at 11:23

Unfortunately, no matter how much work, money, and effort they put in to the improvements of the station forecourt, it will still open out onto a dual carriageway, and the rear of a supermarket.

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