WORK on a new £2.2 million station building at Wolverton starts next Monday.
The impressive new station building will be in keeping with Wolverton’s Victorian architectural and rail heritage and provide rail passengers with significantly improved facilities.
The building will feature some specialist timber-framed construction and include a new ticket office and booking hall, a seated waiting area, and toilet facilities. The main contractor is YJL Infrastructure Ltd with the project expected to be ready by spring next year.
Disruption will be kept to a minimum with the existing building staying in use and there will be no disruption to train services, or to passengers’ ability to get to and from the platforms.
Some of the car park will be in use by the building contractor, so there will be fewer spaces than usual during construction. Passengers who already drive from some distance to park at Wolverton Station have been advised to consider Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley or Northampton as alternative options.
Councillor John Bint, cabinet member responsible for Transport, said: “This is an exciting time to see work starting on the new station building. It has been the culmination of several years of hard work, securing the funding, designing the building, and consulting with all of the relevant interested parties including, of course, local residents.”
Alex Hynes, commercial director at London Midland, said: “We congratulate the council on obtaining funding for this station improvement, which will provide modern facilities for the benefit of our passengers.”
Jo Kaye, route director for Network Rail, said: “Wolverton has always been a railway town, so it’s great to see investment in the station to deliver long-lasting benefits for the community. Providing better facilities at stations helps meet the needs of passengers and businesses and contributes to our vision of a bigger, better railway.”
Milton Keynes Council is managing the project, working with London Midland, Network Rail, design team BPR Architects Ltd, Mouchel Rail and YJL Infrastructure to deliver the new station. The total budget of £2.2m is made up of two separate government grants: the Communities Infrastructure Fund (£400,000) and the Growth Area Fund (£1.8m).
For more information visit: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/wolvertonstation