New passenger facilities opened
Moorside in Greater Manchester is the latest station to benefit from a bit of TLC from Northern. Once dubbed ‘one of the worst stations on the network’, Moorside was a throwback to stations of old and suffered from an out-of-date and unwelcoming station building – complete with a crumbling roof. Now, as part of Northern’s multi-million pound Better Stations scheme, Moorside has been given a new lease of life.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, commented: “I am confident that the significant improvements we have made to Moorside station will help to enhance the overall experience for our customers – whether that’s buying a ticket, waiting for a train, or getting information about our services.”
Northern and Network Rail worked together to revamp the station, installing new stairs to the platforms from the booking office, as well as a new roof and improved doors, flooring and windows. The booking office itself has been rebuilt and a new state-of-the-art ticket machine has been installed to give make it quicker and easier for customers to buy tickets.
Phil James, North West route director at Network Rail, added: “Making stations brighter and more welcoming is a big part of our putting passengers first initiative. Moorside was in real need of a makeover. I am grateful to the Network Rail team who worked hard to spruce up the inside of this busy Northern station, which now offers so much more to the community.”
As part of a raft of schemes underway at stations along Grand Central’s North East and West Riding routes, new waiting room facilities for passengers have been installed at Hartlepool station. Train operator Grand Central has undertaken the work as part of a £2.6m station investment programme across its network.
Grand Central has breathed new life into the formerly unused station building to create a new customer lounge, providing wireless charging points alongside significantly improved seating space with breakfast bar style workstations. Passengers can now enjoy the waiting room when arriving at Hartlepool station or setting off on their journey.
In conjunction with the lounge facilities, featuring artwork celebrating Hartlepool’s iconic HMS Trincomalee and the town’s extensive transport heritage, Grand Central has also refreshed the station’s common areas giving it a fresh and welcoming look.
As part of its station investment programme, Grand Central will also be carrying out refurbishment projects at Sunderland, Eaglescliffe, Thirsk, Bradford Interchange, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate and London Kings Cross.
Time for a new look
Charcon, the hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has helped to transform Walthamstow Central Station in London, providing unique poetry-engraved paving and a giant decorative sundial to a major revamp of the busy transport link. The sundial itself came with its own distinctive design, with bollards acting as hour markers to prevent vehicles stopping and mounting the paving.
As part of the Walthamstow Gateway project, a partnership between Solum, Network Rail and Kier Property, 79 apartments have been built next to Walthamstow Central Station and the recently completed project also features wider regeneration of the station area; including modernising entrances, resurfacing and landscaping pedestrian walkways, kerbs and a nearby roundabout to ease congestion.
Woburn block paving was used to provide a hard-wearing, stylish surface capable of withstanding the high traffic and footfall of the station car park, while StoneMaster concrete paving, designed and engineered to replicate natural stone was used on the pedestrian link route. Lastly, high quality Portuguese granite was used to provide a durable and striking finish for the kerb leading to the sundial.