Plans to transform railway station [Lancashire Evening Post]





Date: 30/08/2012

Rail bosses behind a controversial takeover of the West Coast Mainline have unveiled plans for a major overhaul of Preston Station. FirstGroup was awarded the contract to run the line from London to Edinburgh but current operator Virgin Trains has launched legal battle to block the £5.5bn deal. But now FirstGroup, which is due to take over the running of the line on December 9, has today unveiled plans for a major revamp of Preston Station over the next five years. Among the plans, which is expected to run into millions of pounds, is transforming waiting areas, re-establishing the redundant platform seven, creating a cycling hub, de-cluttering platforms and creating more shops. [From Mark Bartlett]


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Plans to transform railway station

Lancashire Evening Post

Rail bosses behind a controversial takeover of the West Coast Mainline have unveiled plans for a major overhaul of Preston Station.

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Looking north at Platform 7 of Preston station in January 2009. This shows where the lines entered the station to the right before running through the tunnel to the East Lancs platforms, prior to their closure in 1972.
Location: Preston
Company: North Union Railway
07/01/2009 Graham Morgan
An arrival from the south running into Preston station in 1972 during resignaling work.
Location: Preston
Company: North Union Railway
02/09/1972 John Furnevel
A view that can not normally be obtained by us mere mortals. Taken from the former platform 2 at Preston (latterly the RES platform). On 18 July 2012 it was back in public use as the platform for the Preston to Ansdell & Fairhaven shuttles which are operating in connection with the 2012 Open championships at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf club.
Location: Preston
Company: North Union Railway
18/07/2012 John McIntyre


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