Work starts at railway station

Preston Train Station which is undergoing a revamp
Preston Train Station which is undergoing a revamp
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Rail passengers in Preston are being reminded that improvement work to the city’s train station forecourt will start on Monday.

From Monday work to improve the approach to the station will get underway - meaning the front entrance will be closed for eight weeks.

Passengers are reminded that they must use the Butler Street entrance to the station.

The work, which will cost £250,000, will be joint funded by Lancashire County Council and Virgin Trains, who have worked closely together to schedule the work to avoid disruption to passengers.

It is part of a bid to make the city centre look more attractive.

Harry Dunning, Station Manager from Virgin Trains, said that help will be on hand for passengers while the work is carried out.

He said: “During this period of works our station teams will be on hand to ensure that our customers still have easy access both in and out of the station.”

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said the work would created a “really attractive” entrance to the city for the hundreds of thousands of people who arrive by train every year.

The work will use the same materials used on Fishergate, to ensure a shared look between the approach and the main street.

The Fishergate Central Gateway project is funded by £1.38m from the European Regional Development Fund and £2m from Lancashire County Council.

After the work is completed it will be maintained by Virgin Trains, which manages the station.