Rail Minister Claire Perry officially marked the completion of a series of improvements at Trowbridge station today (18 September 2015) following upgrade work.
The £1 million government investment means that the station, which dates from the 1840s and serves just under 500,000 customers per year, will be more accessible and have better facilities for passengers.
Rail Minister Claire Perry said:
We’re investing record amounts in Britain’s railways and a vital part of our plan for passengers is improving station facilities and accessibility.
The enhancements at Trowbridge station are going to make journeys better for all customers. They are significant improvements that provide the local community and businesses with a station fit for the 21st century.
The improvements to modernise Trowbridge station include:
- new waiting shelters on both platforms
- 2 new ticket vending machines
- new cycle parking shelters on both platforms and in the car park
- new handrails on the footbridge for easier pedestrian access
- upgraded steps and ramp to platform 1
- improvements to the car park including a new resurfaced layout, additional spaces, and new lighting
- an electric car charging point
After unveiling a plaque to mark the improvements, the minister toured the station with Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of First Great Western, and met other partners that delivered the project, including Wiltshire Council, Network Rail, and the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership.
Trowbridge station serves Bath, Bristol and Swindon direct, with services to London and the south west available via Westbury, 1 stop south.
The project was funded by the government primarily through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund and the National Stations Improvement Programme.