Leicester Station Opens for Passengers after Renovation

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.’

Leicester: Things to do in the East Midlands city

The East Midlands is a crowded place, as far as it goes; you’ll find plenty of towns and cities vying for your attention when you’re making a shortlist of places to go in the area.

While Derby, Nottingham, Northampton, Lincoln and Boston may all seem like perfect places to go for one or more reasons, you’ll find plenty of fun to have in Leicester. As a great city to work into an itinerary of a tour of the area, there are plenty of options to take further coach holidays from Leicester and make your break that extra bit special.

Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest city in the UK. What’s more, it hosts one of the most culturally diverse populations in the UK, reflecting highly on its cuisine, nightlife and sights to see.

It firmly established itself in the 1950s and 1960s as a major centre for manufacturing, bringing people from all over the world to work for organisations in nearby towns and cities including Siemens, Rolls-Royce and Caterpillar. Leicestershire and surrounding counties also act as a major base for automotives – Triumph, Toyota, Cosworth and a whole host of F1 teams have residence near to the city.

As a result, Leicester has always been moving with the times, reflecting its consistent wealth and diversity in great places to visit. The city centre alone provides a perfect place to eat, drink and shop, for one. Subject to a £19 regeneration project in the last few years, its new layout has garnered countless awards for its success.

It all centres around the Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower, an incredibly ornate landmark that acts as the most popular meeting point for families, friends and even strangers in the city. From here, streets snake out to all manner of other places to explore.

Just south of it is the famous Leicester Market. Open Monday to Saturday, this incredible canopy-based creation is the biggest outdoor covered market in all of Europe. Leicester Corn Exchange sits in the centre of the market and now serves as the home to bars and restaurants, though with excellent deals and a rich history in this area, you’ll be forgiven for overlooking them.

Probably the most famous nationally-important visitor’s destination in Leicester is the National Space Museum, which is just by the River Soar next to the A6. This unmissable tall structure devotes itself to astronomy and space science and opened in 2001, incorporating studies from the University of Leicester as well as the biggest mind in the industry.

Perfect for all the family, the institution also runs as an educational charity to teach children the ways of space. A restaurant is also located between two ballistic missiles: Blue Streak (UK) and Thor (US).

All manner of other historical delights can be found elsewhere in the city. You can see the War Memorial in Victoria Park, designed by London Cenotaph creator Edwin Lutyens. The small but perfectly-formed Leicester Cathedral is also a stand-out feature of the city, while the Grade I-listed Guildhall demonstrates one of the best examples of timber-framed architecture in the world; it’s also believed both Oliver Cromwell and William Shakespeare visited on several occasions. The Jewry Wall and nearby ruins also show Roman architecture in the area.

Whatever your reason for visiting, one thing’s for sure: you won’t regret a visit to Leicester!


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