A busy railway station on the Shakespeare line is getting an upgrade.
Project partners Network Rail, West Midlands Railway and Warwickshire County Council are working to give Stratford-upon-Avon station a range of upgrades. These will include new waiting and seating areas, improved retail facilities, accessible toilets, and bicycle racks.
Rod Sillence, stage manager for Network Rail, said: “Much ado about nothing this is not. The £1.5m of improvements at Stratford will give station users a more pleasant experience.”
The work, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, started on Friday 15 February, with the delivery of a temporary ticket facility outside the station to keep the show on the road during the station’s refurbishment.
Major construction work on the main upgrades will begin late March. Work is expected to be finished in July.
Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, said: “The investment at Stratford-upon-Avon will significantly improve the experience for our passengers.
“People may see some changes around the station over the next few months while work takes place, so we advise those travelling to allow a bit of extra time to get to and from the platforms. However, trains will continue to operate as normal and ticket purchasing facilities will remain in place throughout the work.”
Cllr Jeff Clarke, portfolio holder for transport and planning at Warwickshire County Council, said: "Warwickshire County Council is happy that Stratford-upon-Avon Station is getting the refurbishment it needs, including a new booking hall, waiting room and increased facilities. Warwickshire County Council aims to ensure that passengers and visitors get the best and easiest travel experience when visiting our County.
“Once complete, Stratford-upon-Avon station will better serve the local residents and thousands of visitors who come to Stratford every year to see the many sights in the town."
The production is being funded by £1.3m from the Department of Transport’s National Stations Improvement Programme fund.
Warwickshire County Council, the local transport authority, has contributed a further £220,000.