Thursday, March 6, 2014

News: Rotherham Central station wins national award

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The redeveloped Rotherham Central Station has won a prestigious, national award for Station Excellence in the Rail Business Awards - celebrating innovation and best practice across the rail sector.

Work began on the £8.5m redevelopment in 2010 and contractors, Galliford Try were initially set to complete the development by Christmas 2010. The station opened in 2012.

International architectural firm, Aedas, produced plans to replace the old building with a modern, lightweight entrance structure with a new passenger waiting lounge, ticket office and retail area.

Extensive improvements to the platforms, access, car parking and CCTV also took place along with an impressive public realm scheme between the station and the River Don.

The number of customers using Rotherham Central Station has increased to over half a million a year since the works were completed, with patronage increasing above the level of that at other stations in South Yorkshire.

Led by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) together with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), Northern Rail, Network Rail and the Department for Transport, the redevelopment was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

A spokesperson for the winners said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award in recognition of the significant improvements made to Rotherham Central Station.

"The new station provides an attractive gateway to Rotherham, encouraging a boost to economic growth and providing a significantly enhanced experience for customers travelling to and from the town. This achievement is testament to the dedication of staff and partners involved in the project."

Rotherham station narrowly missed out on being named the Rail Station of the Year Award at the National Transport Awards last year.

Images: Aedas

4 comments:

Anonymous,  March 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM  

Imagine what it would be like with a ticket machine that allows you to collect pre-booked tickets? That would be a real revolution!

Anonymous,  March 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM  

You mean the pre-booked tickets that are significantly cheaper than paying on the day? Revolution indeed!

Neil,  March 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM  

Big stickers on the entrance stating "Automatic doors" but a smaller and less obvious sign saying "press button to open". I've watched several people smash their faces into the doors and am surprised they haven't been sued.

The building is an improvement though, but without ticket collection facilities we're still 2nd class.

Anonymous,  March 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM  

Its definitely an improvement however the toilet facilities are really small also what is meant to be the retail unit is tiny. Not to mention you cant really go anywhere from there only locally.

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