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£20m fund for new railway stations announced

Words: Laura Edgar
Pye Corner

Rail minister Paul Maynard has announced funding for new stations to deliver better journeys, boost local economies and link communities in England and Wales.

The £20 million worth of funding would, said the Department for Transport (DfT), provide up to 75 per cent of the cost of construction for new stations or to reopen previously closed stations.

It aims to improve access to the rail network and create new travel, employment and housing opportunities.

This forms the second round of funding, with the first helping to build new stations in Newcourt, Devon, Pye Corner, Wales and Lea Bridge, London. Stations are currently being delivered in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and Kenilworth near Coventry.

Norrie Courts, director of stations, Network Rail, said: “These are important stations for passengers who rely on the railway every day, and the announcement of additional investment to undertake a further round of new stations is welcomed.”

The DfT said the schemes already completed have seen homes built and towns connected, boosting the economy.

Maynard said: “Through this fund, passengers will benefit from new connections and faster journeys, making it easier to get to work and visit friends and family. It will also provide a major boost for local economies and support the delivery of local housing developments.”

Organisations, including local authorities and train operating companies, are being encouraged to bid by the DfT.

The deadline for bidders is 18 November, 2016. Successful projects are expected to be announced early next year.

More information about bidding can be found on the Network Rail website.

Image credit | Steve Gregory