Rail projects to benefit from station improvement fund

Network Rail has announced the latest round of successful bids for part of a £100 million station improvement fund.

The 10 projects chosen to receive a share of £15 million include new and extended car parks, station redevelopments and new retail space to be delivered by Network Rail, train operating companies and other bidders in and around stations.

Rail Minister Norman Baker said:

“This is great news for passengers. If we are to encourage more people to travel by rail in the future then stations must be easier to get to and have better facilities.

“These projects will ensure that travelling on a train is a positive experience both during a journey and at the start and end of a trip so I am delighted to be able to announce this additional funding.”

The first successful bids were announced in August 2011, with funding totalling £21m allocated to 16 projects. The second wave in November 2011 saw 21 successful bids with total funding of £57m allocated.

In addition to the 10 projects announced today, four further bids have had funding ring-fenced, pending clarification on certain aspects of the projects. Once funding for these bids has been finalised a decision will be taken by the panel on how to proceed with the fund’s remaining money.

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