USERS of Buxton train station are benefitting from newly-refurbished facilities following a £340,000 facelift.
The station, which first operated in 1863 with the opening of the line from Manchester, has undergone the refurbishment to improve its appearance and make it easier for passengers to use.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham officially opened the new facilities last week, which include: renovated toilets, new customer information screens and a station-wide public announcement system, a refreshed ticket hall including a disabled-friendly ticket counter, an additional waiting shelter on platform one, and improved lighting and CCTV.
A ticket vending machine has also been installed on the platform, while help points on both platforms will link to the National Rail Enquiry Centre and the British Transport Police.
The work has been funded by Northern Rail and Derbyshire County Council, in partnership with Network Rail.
Cllr Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We’re always looking for ways to promote more environmentally-friendly alternatives to car use and these improvements make travelling by train from Buxton a lot more attractive.
“It’s yet another great example of organisations working well together to provide better facilities for local people.”
This is the fourth station improvement project to be carried out by the county council and Northern Rail in the past 18 months. Stations in Chinley, Glossop and Whaley Bridge have also been renovated.
Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail, added: “Confirmation of successful partnerships working well here in Buxton are clear to see at the station today. These improvements are testament to our commitment to improving passenger journeys in the region. We hope passengers will see the benefits of providing such welcoming facilities and improved safety here at Buxton station.”
The improvements at Buxton follow the £620,000 major refurbishment of the platform and station entrance roof canopy, as well as the station building roof, by Network Rail.