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Council leader hails Leyland railway station work a ‘significant step forward’

PLEASED: Coun Margaret Smith at Leyland train station

PLEASED: Coun Margaret Smith at Leyland train station

Improvement works at a Lancashire train station have been hailed as a significant step forward.

Work to create a new ticket office at Leyland station are underway.

South Ribble Council Leader, Coun Margaret Smith, has campaigned for improvements at the station for years.

She said the ongoing work is an essential part of making the station fit for the 21st century.

Network Rail say the new ticket office is expected to be completed by next month.

The council has worked with Network Rail, Northern Rail and Lancashire County Council to bring some smaller improvements to facilities at the station in recent years.

Coun Smith vowed to continue her efforts to lobby for further upgrades to the station, in particular around access to the middle platforms.

It is hoped that the next stages of development will come to fruition with money from the Department of Transport’s Access for All programme.

Leyland Railway Station has been nominated for the next round of funding by Network Rail and Northern Rail, with a decision expected by summer.

This funding would facilitate the installation of a new footbridge and a lift for wheelchair users, people with prams and those with limited mobility.

Coun Smith said: “The need to improve Leyland Railway Station has been a priority for us for a long time, so I am pleased that work to complete the new ticket office is on track to be finished next month.

“We’ve already seen the installation of new waiting shelters and real-time information boards as part of the wider project to upgrade the station, but there is still some way to go before all of the improvements are completed.”

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