Tuesday 1 Jun 2004

PITSEA STATION TICKET OFFICE REDEVELOPMENT - THE BULLDOZERS MOVE IN -

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South East
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Work to redevelop Pitsea station ticket office started last week thanks to investment from Network Rail and c2c. Four years ago the main ticket office had to be closed due to subsidence and as a result a temporary ticket office was installed on platform 2.  Since then Network Rail and c2c have been working together to come up with the cash needed to rebuild the original ticket office. Bulldozers have started to clear the old 1970s office from the site to prepare for a modern, comfortable building, which will bring benefits to both office staff and customers. Design of the new office is still under development, but it is hoped that the new office will have two ticket windows, men’s and women’s disabled-access toilets, a shop, automatic ticket barriers, an office and a staff room.  £800,000 will be spent on the new facility. Jon Wiseman, Network Rail Route Director said: “Passengers travelling to and from Pitsea station have had to wait a long time for this new facility, but finally we can celebrate the start of work.  Network Rail and c2c both look forward to opening the new ticket office in spring 2005.” - more - Pitsea – 2 Route Director Leila Frances expressed her delight at the start of work for the new station.   “The new, bright, modern building will bring Pitsea station into the 21st century,” she said, “and is in line with the c2c customer service ethos.   The fact that Pitsea is a busy station at both peak and off peak times means that a very large number of our customers are going to benefit directly from this investment.  The new attractive and comfortable environment is sure to draw even more people on to our services.”

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