Start date revealed for £3.5m improvement works at Scunthorpe railway station

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 26 Feb 2018

A start date has been revealed for improvement works to Scunthorpe railway station.

The project, announced in October last year by Network Rail, is set to see the station's historic footbridge replaced with a new structure complete with lifts on both platforms.

Scunthorpe train station is set for a new footbridge

Speaking at a meeting of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) investment board, Network Rail route enhancement manager Stephen Hind revealed the organisation was investing £3.5 million in the scheme.

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And he said work was due to start on the project in July this year, with the aim of completing it in early 2019.

Money for the new fully-accessible bridge has been made available through the Government's Department for Transport Access for All fund.

The footbridge at Scunthorpe Railway station which is to be replaced with a new bridge that will include lifts.

Speaking after the meeting, North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This is a significant investment in the Scunthorpe station and I particularly welcome the difference this will make for many older and disabled passengers who access the station on a daily basis.

"North Lincolnshire Council is working hard to secure improved services from Scunthorpe station and stations across North Lincolnshire.

"There will clearly be some inconvenience to passengers whilst the investment takes place.

"This marks yet another investment in the rail system in North Lincolnshire and as a regular user of the station I look forward to seeing the investment delivered."

The footbridge at Scunthorpe Railway station which is to be replaced in a £3.5 million project

When the project was announced in October, a Network Rail spokeswoman said: "The bridge will provide step-free access and make the station easier to use, not only for disabled people or those with reduced mobility but also people with children, heavy luggage and some more elderly people."

The investment comes after plans for a direct rail link from Scunthorpe to London took a step towards becoming reality when the council announced it would help put together a business case for the service.

Rail operator Grand Central is hoping to start running the service from 2020, subject to approval from rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road.

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