The Department for Transport has given the green light for five new railway stations to be built around England and Wales.
Under the £16M deal, stations in Horden Peterlee in County Durham, Warrington West in Cheshire, Reading Green Park (CGI above), Bow Street in Ceredigion, Wales, and Portway Parkway near Bristol will be built. All will be accessible and step-free throughout.
The government said the stations would improve access to the rail network and create new leisure, training, employment and business opportunities, as well as supporting new housing developments.
Rail minister Paul Maynard said: “We are committed to improving journeys for passengers right across the country. This means delivering more trains, quicker journeys and making more seats available.
“The new stations fund is a great example of how our record investment in the railways and work with local authorities and industry is delivering better journeys for passengers and boosting local economies.”
All of the stations will be completed by March 2020.
Stations at a glance
- Horden Peterlee in County Durham, which will receive £4.4M of DfT funding towards a scheme worth £10.6M. The new station is in an area with low car ownership and will therefore connect people to new job opportunities said the DfT. It will have two new platforms.
- Warrington West in Cheshire, which will receive £4.2M towards a total project cost of £17.2M. The new service will reduce congestion on the M62 and support the Chapelford Urban Village housing development, said the DfT. The new station will have two platforms and a 268 space car park.
- Reading Green Park, which will receive £2.3M towards a total project cost of £16.5M. In an area only accessible by road, the DfT said the new station could unlock 7,500 new jobs and 1,500 new homes. It too will have two platforms.
- Bow Street in Ceredigion, Wales, which will receive £3.9M towards a total project cost of £6.8M. This station will act as a park and ride site for Aberystwyth and Borth stations, helping to reduce traffic congestion in the city centre.
- Portway Parkway, near Bristol, which will receive £1.7M towards a total project cost of £2.2M. This station will serve an existing park and ride site, reducing congestion on inner Bristol roads.