Monday 5 Apr 2004


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Work to demolish the old station building and provide a brand new facility at Garswood on the Wigan to Liverpool line is progressing well, according to Network Rail said today. The £400,000 project has already seen the old station building reduced to a pile of rubble and in the last couple of weeks n,contractors Serco Rail Property completed the new drainage has been installed as work startsbefore starting work on the new building itself. The original building was considered to be uninhabitable because the floors had rotted through and the walls were in danger of collapsebulging. The single-storey building will provide a booking hall/waiting area with two ticket windows, one of which will be suitable for disabled customers, and a disabled/unisex toilet. There will be a new ticket office, a staff toilet and refreshment facility and two storerooms. The exterior windows and doors will have artificial stone surrounds, cills and lintels, with bevelled upper corners, and the entire structure will be covered by a pitched roof with blue slate tiles, designed to match the existing waiting room on the opposite platform. Building work is expected to take 16 weeks to complete and should be finished by the end of July. Once the building is finished, the footbridge will be refurbished in a separate project at a cost of £160,000.

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