Leicester railway station in the UK has recently opened after completing facility improvements that were jointly carried out by Network Rail, a company that operates the railway network in the UK, and East Midlands Trains, a UK-based train operator.
The redevelopment project, worth around £6 million, included an enhanced station entrance area with an open-plan retail space, a revamped ticket office, updated signage, a new information kiosk, a renovated concourse, renovated station platforms, and remodelled public spaces and restrooms.
Martin Frobisher, the Network Rail route managing director for the East Midlands, said, ‘The work has made the station more accessible, attractive and welcoming for visitors and locals alike.
Leicester station is the gateway to the city. The station now looks and feels like a modern station and has radically improved the customer experience.’
David Horne, the managing director for East Midlands Trains, said, ‘The completion of the improvement scheme at Leicester will deliver some real benefits for our passengers. We’re very pleased to have played our part in such a successful station redevelopment scheme and are certain that travellers will enjoy using the new-look Leicester station.
We’re in the process of investing around £10 million to improve the stations on our network, and as such an important transport hub, it’s vital that Leicester offers a fitting gateway to the City. We would like to thank our passengers, staff and our partners for their support in this improvement scheme.’
Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, recently opened the remodelled station. Speaking on the occasion, he said, ‘Leicester Station is a fantastic building. This ambitious refurbishment has created a truly welcoming and attractive gateway into our city.
I want to congratulate Network Rail and East Midlands Trains on this successful and sensitive redevelopment.’