Tuesday, August 6, 2013

News: Redeveloped Rotherham station up for the Rail Station of the Year Award


The redeveloped rail station in Rotherham town centre has been presented with a national award for measures taken to provide a safe environment for both passengers and staff in addition to being shortlisted for the Rail Station of the Year Award at the National Transport Awards.

Operated by Northern Rail, in partnership with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), the station has been accredited by the Secure Station Scheme which is run jointly by the Department for Transport and the British Transport Police (BTP).

The Secure Stations Scheme covers all rail and underground networks patrolled by the BTP. To achieve Secure Station status, Northern Rail and SYPTE demonstrated how they have provided enhanced employee training, recruitment and risk assessments at the stations, as well as introducing measures to address crime and reduce the opportunity for criminal activity.

It is the first time that Rotherham Central Station has been accredited by the two-year scheme. Barnsley and Meadowhall stations have also been re-accredited following initial Secure Station recognition in 2007.

Richard Allan, area director for Northern Rail, said: "This Secure Stations Scheme recognises how important reducing crime and improving customer experience on our services is to us and our partners. Our employees are dedicated to their customers and this recognition stands testament to that."

The extensive redevelopment of Rotherham Central has led to SYPTE, together with project partners Network Rail, Northern Rail, and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, being shortlisted for the Rail Station of the Year Award at the National Transport Awards.

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 since the works were completed, with patronage increasing above the level of that at other stations in South Yorkshire.

The SYPTE is also shortlisted for Integrated Transport Authority of the Year at the awards in October. David Young, deputy interim director general at SYPTE, said: "It has so far been a year of huge progress for SYPTE across the whole county of South Yorkshire and I am delighted that this hard work has been recognised at the National Transport Awards."

SYPTE website

Images: SYPTE


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