Kidsgrove Station regeneration

Kidsgrove station april 2015adThanks to a determined partnership bid, backed by outstanding support from the Kidsgrove community, Kidsgrove was one of only two community rail stations to be awarded ‘Access for All’ funding by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Access for All will fund a £multi-million new station footbridge project that will make access to the station easier for everyone, particularly people with reduced mobility. Since the good news was announced, the Kidsgrove station regeneration team has been busy working to add value to the footbridge project and secure additional funding to completely regenerate Kidsgrove through: New transport interchange : New, larger car park : Improved station facilities.

Here’s the good news to date:

• March: Community event at station Community feedback is central to the whole project. Over 100 people attended this event – see the included charts for a summary of what you told us you wanted to see at the new Kidsgrove station

• April – September: Footbridge design developed Design for a covered footbridge with lifts, the preferred option from feedback received and one that will be sensitive to the station gardens, is put forward to the DfT for approval

• October: DfT approves the footbridge design and the cost of £4.2 million

• December: Survey works by Galliford Try will start at the station to get the project underway

• And…. the land behind Platform 1 is soon to be transferred by Staffordshire County Council to Network Rail to provide for a new, larger car parking facility for passengers, with 1 hour of free parking for local residents What’s next? We’re planning another community event at the station in the New Year. In the meantime, to give your comments about the project, please contact, Kidsgrove Station Regeneration team.

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