Passengers passing through Buxton station can now see the fantastic improvements made by a recent investment scheme. Work has included:
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
improved lighting and CCTV throughout
Funded by Northern Rail and Derbyshire County Council and provided in partnership with Network Rail, the Department for Transport’s National Station Improvement Programme has delivered £340,000 of refurbishments.
Northern has also installed a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) on the platform to enable more passengers to buy their ticket before they travel.
These improvements follow the £620,000 major refurbishment of the platform and station entrance roof canopy as well as the station building roof by Network Rail.
Local MP Andrew Bingham officially unveiled a plaque to commemorate the station improvements and was joined by members of the local Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, Northern Rail, Derbyshire County Council and Network Rail.
Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail comments: “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.”
Councillor 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.”
Network Rail route asset manager (buildings) Patrick Cawley, added: “The work carried out at the station has been completed in sympathy with it’s status as a listed building. We used natural slate for the roof covering and natural stone was used for repairs to the two chimney stacks. All the guttering, drainage pipes and roof flashings have been renewed making the whole building watertight – a much needed requirement for a British summer!”
Andrew Bingham MP comments: “I’m delighted to see all the improvements that have been made to Buxton Station, and I’m sure passengers will appreciate them.
“For many people their first view of Buxton is the station, as for rail travellers it is the gateway to Buxton and the High Peak. With these improvements the station really sets the tone of what great places Buxton and the High Peak are to visit.”