St Anne’s-on-the-Sea station team and customers are celebrating its official re-opening today, following a £20,000 refurbishment programme by Northern Rail. Councillor Tony Ford joined Station Manager Wayne Smith to celebrate the station’s improved exterior and interior following a series of improvements over the last couple of months.
Wayne Smith, Station Manager Fylde, comments: “The refurbishment has included a £10,000 improvement of the ticket office, which was carried out last December. Unfortunately we suffered some real bad luck, when just two days after our sparkling new office opened, we were hit by flooding. We have obviously had to rectify those problems, and have also improved other areas of the station, particularly the exterior façade, which looks fantastic with its new coat of paint.”
Councillor Tony Ford, Mayor of St Anne’s on Sea, comments: “I am so pleased to see the improvements that have been made to our station. As this is the gateway to our town for so many travellers, it’s wonderful that we can welcome them with such a pleasant environment.”
“We are working closely with Northern Rail and our other partners to improve the appearance of the northern platform which has been in a derelict state for a while.”
Wayne Smith continues: “We have already had some great feedback from passengers telling us how much brighter and more welcoming the station looks and feels and that is exactly what we hoped to achieve.”
Passengers Mr and Mrs Robinson commented: “We are here on a day trip from Preston and the new colours make the station so much brighter and more welcoming than it was before.”
Northern Rail operates more than 200 trains through St Anne’s-on-the-Sea every week, serving over 4,000 passengers.