Plans for £2.5million improvements to Spalding Rail Station welcomed by transport forum and MP
A £2.5million upgrade of Spalding Rail Station has been welcomed as “great news for travellers and great news for the town”.
As reported in our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, on Thursday, a new lift will be installed at the station to provide passengers with step-free access to platform two.
The improvements, which also include the restoration of windows and ceilings, increased CCTV coverage and better lighting, are the result of campaigning by Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum.
Chairman George Scott said: “It’s an exciting project for the town because it will bring the rail station up to standard, rather than looking like it is now.
“We’ve worked in the background, campaigning to get a lift put in and the gardens done up.
“But now we’re going to have the buildings done up as well which the forum is pleased with because we always felt it was a shame to have them there empty and unused.”
The upgrade is being funded by East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust, with work due to get under way this month.
Once completed, it is hoped that a cafe will open at the station, whilst other rooms can be used for conferences, tourist and historic information about rail services in Spalding, past and present.
Mr Scott said: “We talked with East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust about bringing everybody together to do something about the station.
“Spalding is an important town, in between the two cathedral cities of Lincoln and Peterborough, and the rail station was a very big hub at one time.
“Hopefully, they are doing the survey now for the station rooms and lifts, so we’ll see how the work progresses over the coming year.”
Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, also the transport forum’s president, said: “I met with various rail bodies in Spalding, both as an MP and as president of the forum.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Spalding Rail Station will have these improvements, something we’ve been pushing for over a considerable period of time.
“It’s great news for travellers and great news for the town.”