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.
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