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Adonis Pledges £50M for Ten 'Left Behind' Railway Stations

Magazine article Public Finance

Adonis Pledges £50M for Ten 'Left Behind' Railway Stations

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The government has agreed to pay £50m to improve ten railway stations In England.

The money will be used to make urgent changes to passenger facilities, including shops and car parks.

The announcement follows a report. Better rail stations, published on November 17 by the government's railway 'champions', former Virgin Trains chief executive Chris Green and Town and Country Planning Association president Sir Peter Hall. They described the ten as having been 'left behind'.

Many of the stations - which include major terminals and junctions such as Manchester Victoria, London's Clapham Junction and Crewe - have old Victorian buildings and have very low customer satisfaction ratings.

The other seven stations picked out for improvement were Barking, Stockport, Warrington Bank Quay, Preston, Wigan North Western, Luton and Liverpool Central.

The report warned that train stations should not be seen in Isolation. …

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