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Public feedback from a recent consultation on the proposals to redevelop Bradford Forster Square Railway Station by Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Network Rail and train operator Northern have showed that the vast majority of respondents approve. Responding to Bradford Council’s consultation, carried out in December last year, station users rated the need for toilets and heated waiting rooms as top priority with cash machines and a shop or newsagent also popular. Passengers also supported the proposal for a green space or landscaped area behind platform three.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The proposals will improve connectivity between the station to the top of town, and will help drive the masterplan work that is currently being undertaken in that area of the city centre. We will ensure the project includes as many of the facilities that people asked for as we can. The next step is to appoint a design and build contractor who will work with the Council to develop the proposals further including preparation of a planning application for the new station early in the New Year.”

Improvements would include the replacement of the existing station building, lift and staircase tower to Cheapside and Manor Row. The new, larger building would incorporate the arches behind the station and new ‘pods’ would be installed in the old railway arches to provide extra facilities.

Funded through the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the scheme would create better access to the city centre and the nearby Broadway shopping centre.

Step inside
Network Rail has released new computer generated images revealing Glasgow Queen Street’s bigger and brighter interior following its £120m redevelopment, which is due to be completed by Spring 2020.

Jenna Clark, Network Rail project manager, said: “Using these latest computer generated images, passengers at Glasgow Queen Street and the surrounding community can start to visualise how much bigger and brighter their improved station will be.”

Platforms two to five are being extended out towards George Square, taking up majority of the space covered by the Victorian train shed roof. A new glass-fronted concourse, almost double the size of the existing space, is being built to accommodate the predicted increase in passenger numbers. The new concourse design is fully accessible with entrances on George Square, Dundas Street and North Hanover Street and is filled with natural daylight. The listed Victorian train shed roof has also been carefully incorporated into the new structure and is fully exposed when viewed from platforms.

Upgrades complete
Rail passengers in Essex are benefiting from smarter stations after refurbishment works were carried out by Greater Anglia, in partnership with Network Rail.

The train operator is investing over £2 million in upgrades at Rayleigh, Rochford and Battlesbridge stations. At Rayleigh and Rochford, work to refurbish the passenger footbridges with a new coat of paint, new stair treads, redecoration, and safety improvements such as new handrails, is now complete.

Rochford station has also benefited from the installation of bright new energy-efficient LED lighting, which will also be installed at Rayleigh later this year.

At Battlesbridge station the platforms have been resurfaced to create safer conditions underfoot and improve drainage. New tarmac has been laid as well as replacement copers (slabs at the platform edge) and tactiles (the contoured slabs next to the copers which warn passengers both visually and by their texture of approach to the edge of the platform).

This work will also be carried out at Rochford later in the year. In addition, new fencing has been installed at all three stations and work is underway to replace the footbridge at Prittlewell.