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31/07/2017

Five new train stations for England and Wales

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will invest more than £16 million in building five new railway stations in England and Wales.

The money comes from the new stations fund, which aims to give local communities improved rail services. It is the second round of funding.

The new stations will have step-free access.

The successful bids are:

  • Horden Peterlee, County Durham – It will receive £4.4 million from the government towards the £10.55 million scheme. The station will have two platforms.
  • Warrington west, Cheshire – £4.23 million of government funding towards a £17.2 million project cost. Key benefits include reducing congestion on the M62 and supporting the Chapelford Urban Village, the government said. It will have two platforms and a 268-space cark park.
  • Reading Green Park – £2.3 million towards a £16.5 million project.  Has the potential to unlock 7,500 new jobs and 1,500 homes. It will have two platforms.
  • Bow Street in Ceredigion, Wales – £3.945 million will go towards a £6.76 million project that will act as a park-and-ride site for Aberystwyth and Borth stations.
  • Portway Parkway, Bristol – £1.627 million will go towards a project costing £2.23 million. The station will serve an existing park-and-ride site.

This is the second round of funding. Last year, the first round saw money go towards building stations at Newcourt in Exeter, Lea Bridge in London, Pye Corner in Newport, and Ilkeston, which are complete, and one at Kenilworth is due to be completed later this year, said the government.

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: “The stations will improve access to the rail network and create new leisure, training, employment and business opportunities, as well as supporting new housing developments. All of the stations will be completed by March 2020.”

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