CHESTER railway station will receive £1.4m for the second phase of a major refurbishment.
The investment will provide a waiting room, another stairway for better access to platforms and new office space at the historic Grade II* listed station.
Listed building consent is currently being sought for the work which could start as early as October thanks to money from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).
The changes will complement phase one of the £11m scheme which has seen repairs to the station facade, a new ticket office, cafes and an improved station square.
Mark Hughes, executive director, economic development, at the NWDA, said: “A first-class Chester Station will not only provide an attractive welcome for visitors but will stimulate the economic contribution that the station and its surroundings already make to Chester and Cheshire, and will encourage further private sector investment in the Gateway Quarter.
“Following the recent increase of direct train services between London and Chester a better station will also help businesses to capitalise on new opportunities.”
This phase of the Gateway project focuses on improvements to the Central, West and East Pavilions on the island platform – platforms 4 to 7 – area.
It is the busiest platform within the station with services operating to Manchester, Liverpool, and Crewe, as well as the Virgin Trains London service.
Funding from the NWDA will boost the total funds available under the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP). Jointly funded and delivered by Network Rail, Arriva Train Wales and Mersey Travel, NSIP sets to bring about a noticeable and lasting improvement in the environment at stations.