Kettering and Wellingborough stations benefit from ‘significant investment’

Kettering station, pictured last October
Kettering station, pictured last October

East Midlands Trains says its passengers have benefited from more than £1.5 million of improvements at train stations in the last 12 months.

The operator says Kettering and Wellingborough are among 23 stations on its network to have been given new facilities.

In the past year, EMT says Kettering has been given extra stands to store bicycles, new platform seating and tactile maps for use by visually impaired people.

Kettering is also set for a brand-new First Class Lounge, which is due to be unveiled over the next 12 months.

Wellingborough has received extra bike storeage space and platform seats.

There has also been a complete refurbishment of the ticket office at Market Harborough.

Andy Moore, Head of Stations for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’ve invested more than £1.5 million over the past year to deliver better station facilities with extra bike spaces, better toilets and improved waiting areas.

“We’ve also completed a number of accessibility improvement schemes providing accessible toilets, better station entrances and tactile maps to help visually impaired passengers find their way around our stations more easily.

“This has been a great start to the year, and we’re sure passengers will welcome this significant investment in our stations.

“There’s still plenty to come for the year ahead however, with the major improvements at Nottingham, opening of three major new cycle hubs, Kettering station’s First Class Lounge and further station accessibility improvements to look forward to.

“We’d like to thank our partners at the Department for Transport, Network Rail, the Community Rail Partnerships and local authorities for their ongoing support in delivering these improvements for our passengers.”

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, added: “Stations have a vital role to play in our communities. They are gateways to the towns and cities they serve and the first impression passengers have of our network.

“Over the past five years passengers at 89 East Midlands Trains stations have benefitted from improvements worth around £5.2 million. We look forward to furthering our successful partnership with East Midlands Trains to deliver even more improvements in the year ahead.”

East Midlands Trains also serves Corby, which was not included on the operator’s list of facilities improved in the last year.