Network Rail has announced today (Jan 14) a £600,000 investment into improving Beverly railway station, to improve passenger experience and enhance the station’s aesthetic and general condition.
The footbridge at the station will be fully refurbished, including strengthening the steps and the walkway on the bridge’s structure, and repairing any corrosion from weather and time.
The bridge at the station is listed, so while painting will be carried out to help protect it from future wear and tear, Network Rail will be working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to obtain permission to upgrade and ensure the work preserves the heritage of the bridge.
The project is currently in the planning phase, with Network Rail working on finer details ready for work to begin on site in early 2022 and completed later the same year. Passengers will still be able to access both platforms via a temporary footbridge.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said:
“We are delighted to announce this much needed investment at Beverley station which will greatly improve the appearance of the station and provide a more pleasant experience for users of the bridge.
“Beverley station is a listed building, so it is really important that this work is carried out in a way which will preserve the heritage for years to come.
“We look forward to beginning work and to passengers feeling the benefit once complete.”
Local councillor, Chris Matthews, has said he is delighted by the investment and hopes to encourage as many people as possible to use the trains in the area adding that he is confident this work will help to achieve that.
Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, said:
“Last year, I was contacted by constituents travelling from Beverley railway station regarding the condition of the footbridge. As a user of train services to and from Beverley I shared their concerns about the sad state of the station bridge.
“I contacted Network Rail who are responsible for the overall structure and repair of the bridge and was pleased to hear that complete refurbishment and maintenance are now being planned. Together with the additional direct services to London now being run out of Beverley it is welcome news that this renewal of this grade 2 listed footbridge will make the train station an even more attractive place to start your journey.”