Plymouth train station undergoing £1.5million facelift
A £1.5MILLION train station revamp will bring an end to tired decor and tatty signs reading 'Velcome to Plym', its operators say.
The phased refurbishment started last summer and is due for completion in December.
First Great Western said they have already 'vastly improved' the entrance, and the station's subway is next on the list for a facelift.
The old sign, many visitors' first impression of the city, was photographed by The Herald yesterday and last week. It is due to be replaced by the end of this week.
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The work is part of the £150million National Stations Improvement Programme.
Network Rail is working with the operators to improve 150 medium-sized stations by 2014.
A First Great Western spokesman said: "Clearly, this sign is going to be replaced. We have already made vast improvements to the external entrance to Plymouth Station.
"This includes a sizeable extension and clear signage, enlarging the booking hall, new toilets and refurbishment work to the existing toilets.
"We will also be conducting improvement works to the Station subway, as part of a £500,000 project due for completion in early December."
Phase 1 of the improvement programme took place last autumn to coincide with the start of the America's Cup. It included improving and increasing the size of the concourse, sliding doors and a remodelled taxi rank.
The spokesman said: "However, due to the short timescale we had to work within and because First Great Western did not want to cause any inconvenience to travellers during this busy period of the America's Cup, the works was split with the intention that future phases of work would complete and further enhance the work started."
Phase 2 began in March with new toilets, more seating in a new waiting area and a new external enclosure.
The company is currently working on improving waiting rooms and toilets on platforms. The work is expected to be complete in July 2012.
The final phase will enhance the subway.
"Designs are currently being prepared for this with the intention to re-clad the subway and vastly improve both the appearance and movement of passengers," said the spokesman.
Network Rail has also renewed customer information screens, and is repairing and painting platform canopies.
The company said there were "no plans" to renew tired paintwork on the railway bridge across Saltash Road.
Plymouth City Council is undertaking highway improvements in front of, and on the approach to, the station.
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