Wednesday 11 Jan 2017
Residents invited to find out more about Truro station upgrade
Residents in Cornwall are being invited to find out more about a four month plan to upgrade Truro station after work started on Monday (9 January).
The essential work is being delivered as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and involves the repair of the canopies and steelwork structure on platform 3 and 4 as well as a complete redecoration. This will provide a more attractive station for passengers as well as well as being more resilient as the existing structure approached the end of its lifespan.
The upgrade will be completed in May and involves day and night time work with train services unaffected throughout the work.
Residents are invited to a public engagement event at the Railway Tavern, which is the old GWR social club, on Station Road, Truro on Friday, 13 January between 6pm and 7.30pm where they can find out more about the upgrade.
Stephen Jones, senior asset engineer at Network Rail, said: “The repair of the platform canopies at Truro station are part of our five year planned maintenance programme. The works include the repair of the steelwork structure, the renewal of the timber ‘dagger boards’ along the canopy eaves and complete redecoration.
“The works have been planned to minimise inconvenience to passengers and station users with certain works being undertaken overnight when the station is closed. The works will not affect train services and the station will be open as normal throughout the contract.”
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.