Leicester is getting a freshen up and a lighter, brighter entrance to the station.
Listed building consent was recently received to complete the works inside the historic porte-cochère.
Says Martin Frobisher, Network Rail route director, ‘These improvements will bring real benefits for passengers. First job is to renew the roof on the station and porte-cochère, then we move on to improve the flow of traffic … and create a pedestrian concourse.
‘We believe at the end of the scheme we will have a more welcoming station which is better for all users.’
The scheme will be finished by summer 2012.
East Midlands Trains will also be completing works to refurbish the stairs to the platforms and the main station footbridge as well as installing a new canopy to cover the stairs and overbridge to the car park.
Says David Horne, Commercial and Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains, ‘We welcome the changes at Leicester and look forward to working with Network Rail to deliver these significant improvements to the station.’