Passengers now passing through Wigan Wallgate station will be able to see and experience the fantastic improvements made by a recent investment scheme. Funded through a combination of Northern Rail’s allocation from the Department for Transport’s National Station Improvement Programme and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the scheme has delivered approximately £430,000 of improvements.
Work to the outside of the station at street level was designed and completed in keeping with a street improvement project put together by Wigan Council.
The Worshipful the Mayor of Wigan Councillor Myra Whiteside officially unveiled a plaque to celebrate the station improvements and was joined by Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee and members of Wigan Council, Northern Rail and Network Rail.
Lee Wasnidge, Area Director for Northern Rail comments: “The improvements made to Wigan Wallgate station are confirmation of our commitment to improving passenger journeys in the North West. We hope our passengers will enjoy the benefits of the new facilities and improved environment, with areas becoming is much brighter and more spacious.”
Councillor Fender said: “Investments such as this are a key part of making train services more attractive and, in turn, encouraging more people to make use of them. I’m really pleased with what’s been achieved here and hope existing passengers really feel the benefits.”
Jackie Miller, Network Rail’s commercial schemes sponsor, said: “The project was managed jointly by Network Rail as landlord and Northern as the station operator and is part of a national programme known as NSIP. There is a national board and 17 local delivery groups (LDGs) made up from Network Rail and individual train companies. It is the role of the LDGs to develop and implement improvements such as these at Wallgate station.”
Lord Smith said: “I’m delighted to see this investment in one of the main gateways to the town centre. Wigan Council is continuing its 5 year programme of improvements to the Wallgate street scene which includes better facilities for pedestrians. I am proud to support our partnership with Northern Rail.”