£1m for station improvements on Merseyrail network

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aformeruser

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Merseyrail has announced that almost £1 million is going to be invested across its network.

A £625,000 grant under the Department for Transport Access for All programme – with an additional £100,000 each from Merseytravel and Merseyrail – will provide 17 stations with new DDA compliant toilet facilities.

Merseyrail was also allocated £153,000 DfT funding to provide real time train information at Capenhurst, Bache, Little Sutton and Overpool and plans to have real time information in all 66 stations on the network before the end of this year.

In addition new lifts, funded by Network Rail, will be installed at Orrell Park Station, greatly improving access for passengers and the ticket office area will be upgraded with funding from the National Stations Improvement Programme.

Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, said:
“These latest improvements are part of our continuing investment programme to ensure Merseyrail remains one of the best rail networks in the country.”

http://www.rail.co/2012/03/23/1m-investment-in-merseyrail-network/
 
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Smelly_Diesel

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£1 million on station improvments on Merseyrail? Could they spend some of the
money on the oft mentioned on this very forum, the footbridge at Hooton perhaps? And how does Cllr Mark Dowd reckon Merseyrail is one of the best
services in the country? I am a user of the service and have nothing but bad
experiences with it (As I reckon some others would concur). Sorry for the moan!
 

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And how does Cllr Mark Dowd reckon Merseyrail is one of the best services in the country?

Could just be a bit of political spin, given Merseytravel operate the tendering system (unlike most other TOCs), but that seems unlikely. Instead, they are among the most reliable TOCs in the country (usually Top 3), although this is largely due to its self-contained and relatively small nature. The claim probably comes from this, and that the service is intensely used (40+ million a year for what is ultimately a very small operation; this might include the City Line though).
 
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