Hundreds of Rail Station Upgrades Abandoned in Cutbacks
Barrie Clement Transport Editor, The Independent (London, England)
AN AMBITIOUS initiative to modernise nearly half of Britain's decaying railway stations has been all but abandoned because of cost cutting.
Rail chiefs wanted to renovate 1,000 stations, but have decided there is only enough money for 68. Hundreds of stations will be left without lavatories, waiting rooms, passenger security and information systems.
The government's Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) has decided that only 13 of the 68 will have lavatories, just one will get a public address system, five will get waiting rooms and only 19 will benefit from closed circuit television (CCTV). The authority has also said that public toilets should be removed from 25 …
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