Wednesday 20 Dec 2017
Lancaster station welcomes passengers with newly restored canopy
- London North Western
Lancaster railway station's historic canopy has been restored.
Lovingly refurbished as part of the Great North Rail Project, the station, which opened in 1846, has been given a new lease of life since the work was completed earlier this month.
The upgrade involved replacing 70 percent of the timber structure, refurbishing the lantern lights and cleaning and replacing the Georgian-wired glazing planes.
Work started on 23 October 2017 was completed early and under budget.
Liam Diviney, project manager at Network Rail, said: “Lancaster station remained open for business and passengers' journeys were unaffected while we carried out this vital work to renew the canopy. Team Orange worked tirelessly to complete the work and we were able to hand back under budget and ahead of time.
“Our railway is rich with Victorian heritage and this is a further example of how Network Rail is protecting this while building a railway fit for future generations.”
Katharine Cole, customer experience manager at Virgin Trains, said: “We are pleased that with the support of Network Rail we’ve been able to restore an important feature of the station’s heritage at Lancaster, where we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of people using the station. We would like to thank customers for their patience whilst the work has been carried out and hope that they enjoy the improved entrance when travelling to and from Lancaster.”
For more information on the Great North Rail Project visit www.networkrail.co.uk/gnrp.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
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.