The government will invest £16 million to build five brand new railway stations across England and Wales.
Confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT), the successful bids were announced on Friday, with the thinking behind this investment being that passengers and the economy will benefit in the long term.
Crucially, the local authorities for the five new stations will all be able to give the people they serve better rail services, thanks to accessible, step-free access throughout all stations.
The announcement represents the second round of funding for the project. Previous stations to benefit include Newcourt in Exeter, Lea Bridge in London, Pye Corner in Newport and Ilkeston – all of which are already open.
A new station in Kenilworth will be completed before the end of 2017. All five stations will bring long-term improvements for passengers and the communities which are served by these transport links.
In the second round of funding, another five railway stations will be constructed; these are at Horden Peterlee, Warrington West, Reading Green Park, Bow Street and Portway Parkway.
As well as the obvious benefits of another commuting link and better journeys for passengers, these new stations have the potential to unlock thousands of jobs and in the case of the Reading Green Park scheme, the station could also unlock the potential to build 1,500 homes.
Paul Maynard, Rail Minister, says this funding reaffirms the government’s commitment to investment.
He said: “We are committed to improving journeys for passengers right across the country.
“This means delivering more trains, quicker journeys and making more seats available.
“The new stations fund is a great example of how our record investment in the railways and work with local authorities and industry is delivering better journeys for passengers and boosting local economies.”
Businesses will benefit from contract opportunities provided by the £16 million investment.
The programme for construction means that all should be finished by March 2020.