Passengers can now enjoy a completely restored Grade II listed railway footbridge after a £1.3million investment from Network Rail.

The 121-year-old footbridge at Lancaster station, which spans platforms 3–6, has been strengthened, had a new roof and windows installed, as well as a fresh coat of paint.

The improvements are thanks to an investment by Network Rail as part of the Great North Rail Project.

To avoid disrupting passengers the upgrade was carefully planned in stages so the footbridge could stay open throughout its eight-month transformation.

Scheme project manager for Network Rail, Melinda Sallaway-Royle, said: "We’re delighted with how Lancaster station’s footbridge is looking after its refurbishment and it now provides passengers with a much brighter and inviting welcome to this important station on the West Coast main line.

“The Grade II listed bridge is over 100 years old and it's lovely to be able to preserve a piece of history, keeping it safe and reliable for the next generation of passengers.”

Station manager for Avanti West Coast, Michael Byrne, said: “Lancaster station is full of character, and one we’re extremely proud to manage.

"We want it to reflect the town it serves with great architecture and a warm welcome.

"The investment has helped to revitalise the footbridge and already generated lots of positive comments from our customers.”

MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Cat Smith, said: “It’s great to see the refurbished bridge at Lancaster station, it’s looking very smart and sets a great first impression to visitors to our city, and for regular rail users it’s a visible improvement.”

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