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Station on the Right Track

May 22, 2014
Leyland Railway Station is set for a major upgrade after £3.5 million was made available for essential improvements.
The funding will enable the installation of a new footbridge and three lifts, providing access to all platforms for wheelchair users, people with prams and those with limited mobility.
The money has been made available as part of a £100 million extension to the Government's Access for All programme, which aims to improve access to the country's rail stations.
The announcement came just weeks after the completion of a new ticket office at the station and other recent improvements, such as new shelters and a CCTV system, carried out by South Ribble Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Northern Rail. Provision of lifts was the crucial improvement that South Ribble Borough Council had been lobbying for since 2008, after the authority garnered the support of local businesses and education establishments.
It comes as another huge and timely boost to the local economy, with work moving forward on the nearby Cuerden site at the end of the M65.
The exact schedule for the work has yet to be revealed, although it will be completed within the next phase of the Access For All programme.

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