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Railway stations to be overhauled

Railway stations around the country will receive a £3.25 billion facelift after Network Rail begun a five year programme of investment.

Network Rail plans to launch a three-month public consultation to find out what is expected from the stations and the findings will be used as part of a wider review on stations.

“We shouldn’t try and second guess passengers but ask them what they want from stations and what’s important to them.”

Robin Gisby, Network Rail

In excess of £2 billion of the £3.25 billion funds will be spent on stations in and around London, while over 2,000 stations across the country are to receive funding to improve passenger information systems, lifts and stairways, toilets, waiting rooms, shelters, platforms and ticket halls.

Director of operations and customer service at Network Rail Robin Gisby said: “With the punctuality of the railways now running at record levels and our major programme to boost capacity and provide more seats on trains underway, we can now look at other priorities and stations and are at the top of the list.”

He continued: “We shouldn’t try and second guess passengers but ask them what they want from stations and what’s important to them. We need to listen to passengers and use their views on stations to guide our decisions.”

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