22nd July 2012
Passengers in Workington can now see the level of investment being made at their local station as a £200,000 refurbishment scheme is completed. Local MP Sir Tony Cunningham officially cut the ribbon on the station improvements and was joined by members of the Cumbrian Coast Community Rail Partnership and Northern Rail.
Work has included refurbishing the booking hall and the waiting room on platform two, as well as additional seating and providing a new accessible ticket counter. A public announcement system has also been installed throughout the station.
The project has been funded by the Department for Transport’s National Station Improvement Programme, delivered in partnership by Northern Rail and Network Rail.
Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail, comments: “Evidence of successful partnerships are clear for all to see at Workington station today. Improvements on the Cumbrian coast line allowed over one million passengers to travel last year and the freshly completed work at Workington will help make each journey better for passengers using our services.”Sir Tony Cunningham, MP for Workington comments: “Last year a million people used the Cumbrian Coastal Railway. To keep those people visiting our area we need to provide welcoming facilities and that is what has happened with the newly refurbished Workington Station and in particular the comfortable waiting room and additional seating. I was delighted to be asked to cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the improvements.”