Stations on Barton-on-Humber line to receive £400k upgrade

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

  • New electronic help points to be installed
  • Works also include painting of stations, as well as new signage and benches
  • Improvements will take place at all of the 12 EMR stations on the line

East Midlands Railway (EMR) is to spend more than £400,000 upgrading and refreshing 12 stations along the Barton-on-Humber line.

The works, which aim to improve the overall station environment and travelling experience for customers, include the installation of passenger electronic help points – which allow customers to contact EMR's customer service centre for information or the emergency services for assistance when required.

The stations will also have benches, signage and platform information replaced and refreshed – as well as new grit bins installed.

Metal fencing will be repainted, timber fences will be stained, while other structures, such as brick shelters and columns, will also be painted – helping to improve the appearance of the stations for customers up and down the route.

Specifically at Thornton Abbey and New Clee replacement fencing will also be erected.

EMR expect the work to be finished by late Spring.

Lisa Angus, Transition and Projects Director at East Midlands Railway, said: “We understand how important these stations are to the rural communities they serve and we hope these improvements will help to enhance the experience for customers who use the line for commuting, to visit loved ones or enjoy the lines scenic tourist locations like Thornton Abbey.

“The improvements are real boost to the line and will provide better signage, seating and information at every station on the route.”

Gill Simpson, Community Rail Officer at Barton Cleethorpes Community Rail Partnership, said: "Station improvements are always a high priority for the BCCRP and every year our members campaign for large scale improvements and fund smaller projects, so this news from East Midlands Railway is most welcome.

"With the high growth of employment opportunities in North and North East Lincolnshire, this is just another excellent reason for people to come to live and work here, and enjoy all the things this area of the country has to offer. The improvements also enhance the station experience for existing residents and casual visitors."