Wednesday 31 Mar 2004

BRONDESBURY AND KENSAL RISE STATIONS TO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED FACILITIES

Route:
South East
London North Western
Network Rail and the Strategic Rail Authority announced today that work is starting on upgrading the facilities for passengers at Brondesbury and Kensal Rise stations. Brand new waiting rooms will be installed at both stations with work completed during summer 2004. The improvements form part of a national project, which will see facilities modernised at 68 stations across the country for the benefit of passengers. The improvements will vary from station to station, but include waiting rooms, toilets, shelters, CCTV and improved customer information systems.             Mark Phillips, Network Rail, Regional Director said: “Network Rail is committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient railway infrastructure. Stations are the gateway to travel by rail and form a vital part of the journey experience for passengers. Comfortable stations with modern facilities are an important part of our continued programme to re-build the railway.”

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The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.

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