New Railway Facilities Opened in Winchester
Posted by Andy Goddard
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The new railway facilities at Winchester station have finally had their grand unveiling.
Although passengers have been able to use the new footbridge at Winchester station for some time, the latest facilities there have now been officially opened.
The passengers travelling from Winchester station are now benefitting from an improvement scheme that cost nearly £4m.
There’s improved access and more than 100 extra car parking spaces at the station, increasing the total number of parking spaces by 25%.
Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Sam McCarthy, Commercial Director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, officially opened the new station footbridge and car park.
The New Footbridge in action
A £2m scheme, delivered as part of the Government’s Access for All programme, to provide a new footbridge and lifts at the station will provide improved access for the 4.5 million people using Winchester station every year.
In addition, a new decked car park has now been opened at the station providing more than 100 extra spaces for passengers.
The £1.7m scheme, funded and promoted by the Department for Transport’s Station Commercial Property Fund has also enabled new decked car parks to open at Fleet and Farnborough stations.
Transport minister Baroness Kramer says the work at Winchester will make a real difference to passengers:
“More people than ever before are using our railways, and we are committing £38bn over the next five years to improve and maintain the network.”
Steve Brine MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford says he’s really pleased with the improvements which take Winchester Station forward:
“When I became the MP here disabled passengers sometimes got a taxi from one side of the platform to the other and I remember raising this in Parliament as we bid for Government money under the Access for All scheme that has funded the new footbridge and lifts.
I think it fits in really well, looks as if it was always here.
The new decked car park is also a major improvement and while we take seriously the walk and cycle routes into Winchester station, I also represent many rural areas outside the city who are I know delighted with the new capacity.
The final part of these improvements is to now drive through the new footpath leading from the car park out onto the Andover Road so this event was a good chance to get an update in that respect. All part of the safety improvements, especially late at night, which we all agree are needed at the station.”
Sam McCarthy is Commercial Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, and says stations are the gateway to services:
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to access our stations and trains.
We would like to thank the Department for Transport for their support in driving forward these improvements which will make a huge difference to the 4.5 million passengers using Winchester station every year.”
The Access for All programme is managed by the Department for Transport which aims to improve access to railway stations.
Over the past year, £20 million has been invested across eight stations on the South West Trains’ network providing accessibility improvements such as new lifts, lower counter ticket windows as well as new accessible toilets.
The programme also includes building and renewing footbridges, with step-free stations offer accessible routes from entrance to platform.