Olympic role for ghost stations

Trying to think of somewhere romantic to take his girlfriend on Saint Valentine’s Day three years ago, Ajit Chambers hit upon the idea of opening up a disused underground station as a night club and restaurant. Three years later his...

Southern switch for Gatwick

The day-to-day management of Gatwick Airport station has transferred from Network Rail to Southern. Says Southern Director, David Scorey, ‘We already manage 156 stations and it’s that station management experience, which includes provision of excellent levels of customer service and...

Numbers soar at Parkway

East Midlands Parkway is celebrating its third birthday. Record numbers of passengers have used the station in the last year. Since 2009, the station’s first year of operation, the number of passengers travelling from East Midlands Parkway has increased by...

Record run for St Pancras

Proving that high speed railways are good for business, HS1 Ltd, owner of St Pancras International, is reporting all time high retail sales and footfall in the three weeks before Christmas 2011. Sales rose 20 per cent in the run up...

Square deal for King’s Cross

Plans to create a paved square with trees in front of King’s Cross station have been given the go ahead. The design, by architects Stanton Williams, will also reveal the Victorian Grade I listed station façade for the first time...

Raising the roof

Plans to transform London Bridge station have been given the green light by Southwark Council. The station will have a completely new platform layout allowing high frequency trains on the Thameslink route. Britain’s largest station concourse will provide more space...

Waterloo Sunrise

One of Waterloo’s four disused Eurostar platforms is to be returned to service in 2014. Longer trains are to serve the terminus as the DfT announced plans to add extra carriages and upgrade the SWT commuter fleet. The carriages, which...

Work starts at Three Bridges

Construction of the new operating centre at Three Bridges has begun. When completed in 2013 it will become the nerve centre of railway operations in Sussex. Local MP Henry Smith joined railway staff at the site. The rail operating centre...
More platforms and a new ticket hall feature in a £43m plan to upgrade Peterborough station. The redevelopment heralds longer, more frequent trains and anticipates a surge in passenger volume. Four million people a year use the station and this...
A surprise visit by ScotRail’s engineering director, saw local station adopter, Max Bentley, singled out for praise at Giffnock. At the station to meet staff an impressed Kenny Scott, ScotRail’s Engineering Director, said, ‘Max’s efforts have turned the station into...
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...
The 1st Kidwelly Scouts have been hard at work landscaping the town’s railway station. Their efforts have been officially unveiled by the Mayor of Kidwelly, Jeanette Gilasbey. The £1,800 project, funded by the Welsh Government’s Local Environmental Quality Fund, started in...
Top band, the Guillemots, opened the Station Sessions Festival at St Pancras International recently. The band performed numbers including ‘I must be a lover,’ before a crowd of passengers, fans and shoppers. Organised by High Speed One, Station Sessions is one...
Oxenholme station is taking on a new role as an art gallery as well as a popular staging post for travellers to the Lake District. Students at Kendal College are responsible for work gracing the station. The scheme was set up...
Llandovery station in Carmarthenshire has been refurbished and smartened up by volunteers. The station building, which was closed in 1992, was re-opened by HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Llandovery now boasts a new waiting room, café and a...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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