Monday 13 Feb 2017
Renovation work to Stamford station nears completion
Network Rail is in the final stage of a number of improvements to Stamford Station in Lincolnshire, as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.
The upgrade to the Grade II listed building has been a six month project, which will be completed this month. During the project, Network Rail has refurbished the station roof using traditional Collyweston stone, as well as installing a new canopy and resurfacing the platform.
Network Rail has worked closely with East Midlands Trains and the Railway Heritage Trust on the work, which cost over £1million. The Railway Heritage Trust provided a grant of £150,000, which was used to install the canopy.
Gary Walsh, area director for Network Rail, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to provide the people of Stamford with the station that they deserve.
“It’s a beautiful building and the work we have carried out retains the station’s unique architectural character.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all users of the station for their patience whilst this work was carried out as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
Andrew Conroy, Customer Experience Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re pleased to have worked with Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust to deliver these improvements at Stamford station. We hope the changes and improved facilities will be welcomed by customers using the station."
Andy Savage, executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust, said: "The Trust has been very happy to work with Network Rail on this project. We were consulted from an early stage, and able to suggest the redesign of the canopy to a more traditional style, replacing a structure that, whilst dating from at least 1907, can only be described as a bodge. We were very happy to give a substantial grant towards the new canopy.
"Although we were not directly involved, we also congratulate Network Rail on the excellent work on the Collyweston slated roofs of the building, with the original material used once more, and highly skilled craftsmen brought in to install it. This is a classic case of providing modern facilities whilst maintaining a heritage station."
Network Rail workers will be on site until the end of the month to carry out finishing touches.
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.