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St Albans City station upgrade is back on track

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Plans to improve St Albans City station are getting back on track this summer, as Network Rail resumes work on the £6.8 million revamp.

By 2023, this important scheme will see a second footbridge installed to make it easier for passengers to switch platforms during busy periods and ease congestion.

Work to restart the multi-million-pound project is now underway after being paused in September 2021. In the first phase, engineers will build a base for the project team to work on the plans before starting to install the new footbridge this Autumn.

It will give the millions of passengers who use St Albans City station each year a better station experience and help them to make the most of the city’s strong rail connections to places like Luton, Bedford and Brighton, and the onward travel opportunities they unlock.

Gary Walsh, East Midlands route director for Network Rail said: “I’m so pleased to see work restarting on this scheme, which will make using St Albans City station much easier for passengers at busy times.

“We’re working carefully with our partners at Thameslink to make sure any disruption to station users and services is kept to the absolute minimum. I’d like to thank the community and local stakeholders for their patience and support.”

Jenny Saunders, customer services director for Thameslink and Great Northern said: “It’s great news that work on a second footbridge at St Albans station is now underway. Once the work is complete, it will really improve the station experience for passengers, especially at those very busy times of day.”

As a key station on the Midland Main Line – serving 7 million passengers annually before the Covid-19 pandemic – St Albans City has undergone major improvements in recent years. New toilets, ticket gates and facilities for staff have all been added to revitalise the 154-year-old station.

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