Slough Borough Council, First Great Western and Network Rail officially launched Slough railway station’s multimillion pound upgrade this week.
The improvements to the Grade II listed railway station include a ‘major programme of investment which has helped turn it into a brighter, more spacious and easily accessible transport hub’ in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The upgrade work includes station forecourt improvements, a new footbridge and lifts to provide step-free access to all platforms and improvements to the station building including new customer information point, upgraded ticket hall, waiting rooms and toilets.
Work to upgrade the station forecourt was carried out in five phases starting in January 2012 and ending earlier this month.
The forecourt now includes a new taxi pick up area, a new passenger drop off section and newly paved entrance to the station with trees and forecourt furniture.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said:
“With the Olympics only two months away, I’m pleased these major access improvements at Slough Station are being unveiled today.
“The Coalition Government wants everyone to enjoy the Olympics while providing a legacy of better transport for generations to come.
“This local scheme will remove barriers to work and leisure travel for disabled passengers. Nationally, we’ve invested £6.5bn upgrading transport links for the Games to improve services and boost economic development.
“This is also a great example of key organisations – including Slough Borough Council, First Great Western, Network Rail and my department – working together effectively locally to improve facilities and meet community needs.”