New upgrades forming part of a government scheme have been completed at Billingham Station, with passenger journey improvements also achieved.
Upgrades come to meet the government’s Access for All scheme, with this helping to make sure that all passengers are able to travel by rail easily. The project came at a cost of £3.6 million, with the platforms being rebuilt to allow for access route improvements as well as a new and improved bridge that will connect the two platforms.
Two state-of-the-art lifts have also been installed to ensure that step-free access is available for the thousands of people who use the station.
The project saw Network Rail working closely with partner organisations such as AmcoGiffen, the main contractor, to deliver upgrades
Sponsor on Network Rail’s North and East Route, Zack Cocker, said:
“We’re thrilled that the upgrade work at Billingham station has been completed so that passengers can look forward to easier, more accessible journeys as they travel by train.
“We have worked closely with our partners and local stakeholders to deliver a station that will best suit the needs of the community that it will serve.
“We want to thank passengers for their patience whilst we carried out this work.”
AmcoGiffen’s Operations Director, Alan Sheffield, also commented:
“We are delighted to deliver this Access for All scheme at Billingham station on behalf of Network Rail with our supply chain and lead design partner AECOM.
“The project also included full reconstruction of the island platform and enhanced drop-off and parking facilities. This work has revitalised the station and will improve functionality and inclusivity for passengers for many years to come.”
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