Councillor Penny Channer, Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation, Essex County Council has officially opened the new and upgraded Marks Tey station.
The station has been rebuilt and transformed by operator National Express East Anglia (NXEA) with investment of £2.2m as part of the National Stations Improvement Programme.
The much improved facilities include:
· New station building situated adjacent to the station forecourt comprising ticket office, customer toilets and new retail facility
· New access ramp and stairs to the London bound platform which has been widened and new waiting shelters installed
· On the Colchester bound platform and interchange with Sudbury line services, improvements to the station building include upgraded customer toilets and waiting room
· A redesigned station forecourt provides a drop-off and pick-up area, as well as improved cycle and motor cycle parking
· Improved signage, lighting and CCTV
Andrew Chivers, Managing Director, National Express East Anglia said: “The completion of this significant project to rebuild Marks Tey station and transform the customer facilities at this busy interchange station is another improvement scheme we have delivered for our customers in Essex as part of the National Stations Improvement Programme. At Marks Tey we have worked to meet rail passengers’ aspirations for a new and better station with much improved customer facilities.”
Councillor Tracey Chapman, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation, Essex County Council said: “I am delighted that the much anticipated works are complete and that all station users, whether they are Colchester or London bound, will be able to benefit from the improved facilities.”
John Slade from principal contractor Spencer said: “We were able to make real improvements to this station whilst it was fully operational – and that is down to the strong collaboration between ourselves and our client, National Express. Not only does the station look better, it delivers real improvements which I am sure commuters will notice when they use the station for the first time.”