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[26 AUG 99] RAILTRACK NEWS
2M Facelift For Nuneaton Station

Railway operators Railtrack have branded Nuneaton station unrecognisable after giving it a 2 million facelift.

The premises had fallen into disrepair with a badly leaking roof, rotting window frames and cracked platforms, but this has now been rectified after a massive joint project.

Railtrack worked in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Central Trains and the Railway Heritage Trust to undertake essential repair work at the station.

A Railtrack spokesman revealed that the 2.1 million project was now complete and admitted his company was delighted with the result.

He said:

"If you look at a photo of the station now and how it was before then I really do not think you would recognise it – it has been transformed.

"The roof of the whole place used to leak like a sieve and that has been completely redone, and we have also carried out extensive repair work on the platforms to make them more customer friendly.

"On the more visual side we have cleaned up all of the brickwork and replaced the old window frames so it really has made a big difference."

It was the clock tower at the station that lured the Railway Heritage Trust into joining the project, and it has now been cleaned and restored to its original condition.

A spokesman said:

"The Heritage Trust took care of the clock and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council undertook a re-planning and resurfacing project on the forecourt of the station which has drawn praise from several customers.

"We even had a taxi driver contact us to compliment it, so we know it must be good!"

And despite the big spend, Railtrack insist they will do more work at the station in the near future, to improve access for disabled people.

"At the moment there is only a freight lift to the platforms which must be operated by a station employee and that situation has not yet been addressed.

"However, we will be doing some more work at Nuneaton station and adding a passenger lift."
   

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