Monday 15 Jul 2019
Celebrations as £1.1million improvement work at Worksop station receives national award
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Worksop railway station has won a National Railway Heritage Award following a £1.1million investment to restore and preserve parts of the station.
The prestigious Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award was given to the station following work carried out by Network Rail to strengthen and refurbish the footbridge, re-glaze and refurbish the station canopies and to repaint the station and adjacent signal box in the original London North Eastern Railway colours of green and cream. The project has also seen lighting on the station canopies and footbridge replaced.
The project received a £100,000 grant from the Railway Heritage Trust, with the remaining funding coming from Network Rail. The project will improve passenger experience at the station.
On Friday, 12 July, MP John Mann, alongside representatives from the rail industry, unveiled a plaque at the station celebrating the prestigious award.
John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, said: “I am delighted that the work undertaken at Worksop station has been recognised by the National Railway Heritage Awards as a fantastic example of railway heritage preservation.
“The completed work has refreshed and reinvigorated the experience for passengers using the station and will continue to provide a great gateway to our town for years to come."
Tim Brunt, Senior Asset Engineer for Network Rail, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that this vital project at Worksop station has won the prestigious Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award.
“This project will really improve passenger experience at the station and will preserve important railway history for years to come.”
Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, said: "We were very pleased to sponsor the restoration of the station, and delighted that the National Railway Heritage Awards adjudicators chose it as the best of our projects in 2018."
Theo Steel, National Railway Heritage Awards Trustee, said: "This project shows the best in conservation management: I am particularly pleased with the choice of the ex London North Eastern Railway colour scheme."
Steve Hopkinson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “This is a well-deserved award for what has been a wonderful transformation of the station.
“The refurbishments complement our own commitment to giving customers in Worksop the best possible service and, with the recent doubling of the frequency of services to Sheffield, even more people will be now able to enjoy all the station and wider network has to offer.”
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