Monday, February 22, 2010

News: Work begins on Rotherham station redevelopment


Work will get underway this week on the £8.5m redevelopment of Rotherham station in the town centre.

Architects, Aedas, produced the plans that involve replacing the existing building with a modern, lightweight entrance structure which will include a new passenger waiting lounge, ticket office and retail area.

Extensive improvements to the platforms, access, car parking and CCTV will also take place. The architectural design focuses on creating a building of iconic character, incorporating a dynamic roof.

Plans were submitted last month for the demolition of the former warehouse next to the canal and significant landscaping works to compliment the new station.

A temporary station will be constructed and during this time the station will operate as normal with access to platforms 1 and 2 down the ramps from the main entrance.

David Young, Director of Customer Experience at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said: "Passengers deserve state of the art facilities and the new station at Rotherham will provide a fully accessible, safe and secure environment for people to start and finish their journeys."

Councillor Gerald Smith, the councils Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation said: "Almost half a million people a year use the station so this project is a real boost for Rotherham town centre. The new improved gateway will complement a range of projects started, or soon to start, as part of the Renaissance programme.

"The innovative design for the station has the potential to be a landmark, a symbol of the Renaissance ambitions as well as a means of attracting more jobs to the centre and providing Rotherham people with a public transport facility they can be proud of."

The redevelopment is set to be completed early in 2011.

As a key project in the Rotherham Renaissance programme, the investment required to deliver improvements of this scale and quality is pulled together from a range of sources, including European funding, Yorkshire Forward, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Network Rail.

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Tom,  March 1, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

Galliford Try Rail were awarded the £5.8m contract by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to redevelop Rotherham Central station.

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