A train station in Tameside has undergone a transformation with an overhaul of its car park.
Passengers who drive to Newton for Hyde station to catch the train will see significant improvements now resurfacing work has been completed by Northern and Network Rail.
In addition to resurfacing work, the layout of the car park has been changed to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers. The redesign ensures that pedestrian walkways and bays for vehicles are clearly marked.
The £35,000 project, funded by Network Rail, took five weeks to complete.
The improvements come as part of Northern’s wider programme of transformation across the rail network.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: "This investment is another example of the work being done by Northern to improve the journey experience of passengers and will make a significant difference to our customers.”
“We are working hard to make sure our stations are safe, accessible and welcoming places for customers and even small changes – like resurfacing - 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.”
Rory Kingdon, senior sponsor for Network Rail, said: “Our investment at Newton for Hyde station will help to make journeys safer and easier as we prepare to welcome more passengers back to the railway in the coming months.
“We’re working closely with Northern to put passengers first and improve journeys as part of the Great North Rail Project.”
The campaign, which will be seen in stations, on trains and online, will also cover improvements such as:
- New fleet made up of 100 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
As part of the campaign, Northern has launched an online tool allowing people to find out what improvements have been made to their local station. The tool can be found at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/better