Preston Railway Station upgrade to begins today

VISION: An artists impression of the latest work planned at Preston railway station
VISION: An artists impression of the latest work planned at Preston railway station
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Work on more improvements at Preston Railway Station are due to begin today.

Virgin Trains, which operates the station, says the £1.5m investment will transform access from platform seven, with a new entrance and concourse that will include ticket vending machines (TVMs), customer information screens (CIS), car park payment machines and a new retail unit.

The work is due to last until the end of October and is part of Virgin’s £20m upgrade at stations on the west coast mainline.

Motorists have been advised to allow more time to get to the station, with access to the Butler Street side affected.

Shirley Ross, Virgin Trains station manager at Preston, said: “We’re really excited for the next phase of investment to begin at Preston.

“We received a great response to the new retail offering last year and we’re sure that the latest enhancement scheme will offer an even better experience for those travelling to and from Preston. During the works, access to the station from Butler Street will change slightly, so we advise customers to allow extra time for their journey and thank them for their understanding.”

Beckie Joyce, head of strategic development service at Lancashire County Council, said: “With over two million passengers every year, Preston Railway Station is a critical transport asset and gateway for Lancashire and communities further afield. We welcome these proposals from Virgin Trains, which will provide much needed and immediate improvements to the passenger experience.”