MAJOR improvements are on track for Stratford’s town rail station.
London Midland has secured £500,000 from the Department for Transport to develop the station, which together with an extra £250,000 from Warwickshire County Counci, meanspassengers can look forward to a new café, waiting room and shops.
Over the next few weeks, site surveys will be taking place ahead of detailed design options for the layout, with the aim of the improvements being made by the end of 2016.
London Midland spokeswoman Brenda Lawrence said: “The investment in Stratford station is great news for our three-quarters of a million passengers who use the station every year and another example of how the county council is showing its commitment to rail services in Warwickshire.
“When completed this investment means that almost half of all our passengers across London Midland will be benefitting from the government’s National Stations Improvement Plan.”
Chris Winfield, from Network Rail, said the company was working with train operators across the country to improve stations.
He added: Working in a collaborative manner has seen proven success previously and we will be building upon this success and experience to ensure that this project delivers real improvements fir the travelling public.”
Warwickshire transport spokesman Coun Peter Butlin, said the county council was committed to investing in transport infrastructure
He added: “The funding from the National Stations Improvement Programme, coupled with our £250,000 contribution, will mean that Stratford rail passengers will find their station a much better place to be and, I hope, will encourage others to choose rail travel over road use.”