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High Peak train station given facelift

Chapel-en-le-Frith is one of 35 train stations across Northern's rail network which have been given a facelift. 

The station - serving passengers on the Buxton-Manchester Piccadilly line - is the only one on the list issued by the rail operator, which says it has given more than 9,700 metres of walls, waiting rooms, benches, railings, doors and window frames a fresh coat of paint. 

It's part of an investment amounting to more than £800,000, on improving the overall look of each station building, and a wider transformation programme. 

Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “I would like to thank our customers for their patience while improvement works were carried out.  The stations look fantastic, and their new look will help us provide a better travelling experience for all our passengers.” 

“We are working hard to make sure our stations are safe, accessible and welcoming places for customers and even small changes – like giving our stations a fresh coat of paint - can make a big difference.  

“Our A Better Way to Go campaign demonstrates the hard work that has taken place as we continue to transform rail travel in the north and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved.”  

The campaign, which will be seen in stations, on trains and online, will also cover improvements such as:  

  • New fleet made up of 100 state-of-the-art trains  
  • Another 240 trains have been fully refurbished 
  • Industry leading mobility scooter policy  
  • Roll-out of more bodycam units for station staff  
  • Improved CCTV onboard and in stations  
  • Car park refurbishments  
  • Platform extensions  

Northern has launched an online tool at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/better, allowing people to find out what improvements have been made to their local station. 

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