Rail Infrastructure Update for Walkden and local stations

February 4, 2012

TfGM’s Capital Projects and Policy Committee’s latest Rail Infrastructure Report includes some interesting stories for passengers travelling around our area, including these selected highlights:

  • Walkden: Is currently ranked 4th in TfGM’s priority list for providing disabled access. A plan to provide step-free access has been costed at £900,000 but unfortunately funding has not been secured and no date has been set for the work.
  • Wigan Wallgate: a £0.5m scheme to upgrade the station this spring/summer will provide improvements to the booking hall including a new ceiling; dual height ticket counters; information boards; reconfigured queuing area; and barriers. There will be a new roller shutter to the stairs. At platform level the scope includes toilet refurbishment; enhanced waiting facilities; additional CIS; improved signage; and the introduction of additional seating to platforms. External to the station, cobbles within the pick-up drop off area will be reset and signage attached to the canopy supports rationalised.
  • Manchester Victoria:  work is already in progress to provide upgraded waiting facilities, enhanced lighting on Platforms 3-6, help points, CCTV cameras, cycle parking hoops, and refurbishment of the existing toilets (the new ones opened at last this week – hurrah !)
  • Manchester Victoria:  looking further ahead (2014) Victoria will benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to renovate the decaying roof. English Heritage are involved in the project design so it is to be hoped the station’s lovely architectural features (the tiled network map, 3 war memorials, iron canopy, etc) will be preserved.
  • Salford Central: The basic platform facilities and high-stepping distance are recognised and should be fixed by plans to enhance the platforms and canopies. Provided funding can be found this project will be delivered by 2015.
  •  Salford Crescent: Network Rail are currently in the design and consultation phase of a project to enhance the passenger facilities  with the main features being:
    1. platform lengthening works to accommodate six car trains;
    2. de-clutter and the provision of a canopy the full length of the island platform to protect waiting passengers from the elements;
    3. a new ticket office adjacent to Windsor Bridge by the A6;
    4. a bridge from the ticket office on the A6 to steps and a lift to platform level enabling removal of the existing stepped ramp.

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