The people of North Lincolnshire are set to benefit from the newly opened Barrow Haven station after a £1.3m platform renovation has been completed.
This 60-metre platform has been accompanied by a full station redevelopment that aimed to make passenger travel more accessible via raised tactile paving, designed to ensure easier journeys for visually impaired passengers.
Further upgrades have come in the form of a new waiting shelter, cycle racks, rejuvenated station signage and a solar powered help point. This package of improvements has been achieved through a £26,000 investment contribution from East Midlands Railway.
The station is now fully ready to welcome the local community back to rail travel, offering full use of the new facilities and no longer requiring passengers to travel to Barton-on-Humber or New Holland to board a train.
Sandy Lynch, Project Leader (Community Rail Lead) for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said:
“I’m very pleased that Barrow Haven station has now re-opened. Located on the Barton line, this rural station provides a lifeline for the local community and these upgrades will really make a difference to passengers who use this station to get to work, go to school or pop to the shops.
“We have worked in partnership with East Midlands Railway to deliver a package of upgrades which passengers will really benefit from, and I’d like to thank the community for their support and patience during the station closure.”
Improving rail links for people journeying to the coast will also promote greener travel for holiday makers across the UK, reducing road congestion around affected areas and aiding in the Governments pledge to achieve Net-Zero.
It is hoped that the upgrades will promote greener travel by making train travel a much more attractive option for those heading towards the coast.
Lisa Angus, Transition and Projects Director for East Midlands Railway, said:
“We’re delighted that Barrow Haven station has re-opened.
“We would like to thank our customers for their patience whilst the station has been through a complete renovation. The significant investment has enabled us to deliver a whole package of upgrades, ensuring we provide a service which meets the needs of the community and will make journeys safer and easier in the future for all.”
A representative from the Friends of the Barton Line, said:
“We’re delighted that Barrow Haven station has opened with added facilities such as the improved ramp, better signage, cycle racks and a new waiting shelter.
“Although the station is rural, it is used by lots of people including cyclists, ramblers along the Humber Bank, or people popping to the local pub. It is a great pleasure for us to be reopening the station today, with services bound for Barton or Cleethorpes calling at the station once more.”
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