Wednesday 23 Jul 2003

RESPONSE TO GMPTE RELEASE RE ASHTON STATION

Region & Route:
Whilst the work at Ashton station is not fully complete, Network Rail has strongly refuted  suggestions from Councillor Whitehead that passengers will have to wait until mid-August to benefit from the improvements. A spokesman said: “All the scaffolding that has been up at the station for months has gone. So have the temporary waiting shelters. The new ticket office is already in use, as is the new waiting room, access ramp and the canopy to the platform area. It is a nonsense to suggest that passengers have got to wait another month to use these facilities when already we have been getting complimentary comments from them about what a vast improvement there is at the station.” The passenger lift has been installed but cannot be brought into use until it has been inspected by HMRI (Her Majesty’s Railway Inspectorate), part of the Health & Safety Executive. This is normal procedure and something that Network Rail has no control over. As far as Network Rail is concerned, the work is substantially complete and passengers are using all the new facilities with the exception of the lift.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office - North West & Central Region
0330 854 0100
NWCmediarelations@networkrail.co.uk

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk