This year will see Greater Manchester and Merseyside railway stations benefit from an investment worth £15 million.
Upgrades at the stations fit in with the extra investment that will be seen over the rail network in the next five years through the Control Period 6 (CP6) funding.
Before the summer is out, train stations in Greater Manchester and Merseyside will benefit from upgrades totalling £1.38 million, which will deliver better seating and waiting areas, brand new customer information screens and refurbished toilet facilities.
The stations to benefit from the £1.38 million investment include Wilmslow, Heaton Chapel, Cheadle Hulme, Glossop, St Helens Central, and Wigan Wallgate.
Announced by Rail Minister, Andrew Jones, the significant investment of £15 million is being delivered at stations across the North of England by Network Rail, Northern and TransPennine Express.
Andrew Jones said this funding is alongside the record CP6 investment and described the news as “fantastic.”
He said: “It is fantastic to see Network Rail delivering more modern stations for passengers across Greater Manchester and Merseyside, with upgraded facilities and improved information helping to make journeys better for everyone.
“This comes alongside our record £48 billion investment to modernise the railway and our work alongside Transport for the North and industry expert Richard George to drive forward improved performance – all focused on delivering more reliable, frequent and punctual services.”
Throughout the next five years, Network Rail will use the record investment to deliver renewals and maintenance across Britain’s railways, making the passenger experience more enjoyable and encouraging others to use the services in the process.
Network Rail’s director for the North of England, Anna-Jane Hunter, added: “We are making improvements to station facilities, together with our railway partners, at well used stations.
“This investment will provide vital upgrades to key stations in Greater Manchester and Merseyside that passengers want and rightly deserve.”