Station wins cash for building project
PUBLISHED: 06:45 09 May 2014
IMPROVEMENTS to Weston railway station are imminent after it was granted funding by the Government.
A joint bid by First Great Western and Network Rail has seen the station successfully win a share of £100million to improve access.
Weston is one of 42 stations to be awarded cash and will see disabled passengers enjoy better access in future, including the installation of lifts.
Station manager Mathew Morgan said: “We recognise the key role that rail travel has in supporting the local and national economy and we are delighted that this improvement work is to go ahead, improving access to Weston station for all of our customers.”
The work is due to be carried out over the summer, although services are expected to run as normal.
Weston MP John Penrose said the funding is a boost for the area.
He added: “It’s brilliant news that Weston is one of only two stations in the South West to get this funding.
“We need to give people better alternatives to travelling by car, whether they’re visiting Weston’s wonderful seafront or simply commuting to work, so making it easier and more accessible to go by train is an obvious and important step forward.”