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Government to invest in revamping railway stations

Tue 17 Nov 2009

The government has confirmed that ten railway stations in England are to benefit from £50 million worth of funding.

This will go towards improving facilities deemed to be in need of renovation, including Barking, Luton and Clapham Junction.

However, the bulk of the funding will go towards revamping stations in the north-west of England, such as Manchester Victoria, Stockport, Preston and Wigan North Western.

Crewe, Liverpool Central and Warrington Bank Quay will also be upgraded.

The funding was announced today by transport secretary Lord Adonis in the wake of a report from Sir Peter Hall and Chris Green, who said all stations in England need to meet minimum standards.

Lord Adonis acknowledged that while train travel has improved considerably in recent years, more needs to be done to improve the state of railway stations across the country.

The report was also welcomed by the Association of Train Operating Companies, which has suggested the introduction of longer rail franchises.

This, it said, would encourage train companies to take a longer-term view on station modernisation.

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