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Chester railway station requires ‘immediate’ improvements, says Network Rail

25 January 2023

Network Rail has submitted a proposal to Cheshire West and Chester Council to carry out changes and improvements to Chester railway station. The Grade II listed station is “in a poor state of repair” and requires “immediate” improvements, said Network Rail.

The works would include revamping the concourse area with relocated ticket gates and machines, and the installation of an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities.

The ticket gates would be moved with new barriers installed, a new customer information desk would be created and the current ticket machines would be relocated.

New CCTV would be installed in the station and a water refill site would also be fitted.

In the planning documents, Network Rail said the station had undergone significant improvements in the last 15 years but some of these required improvement or replacement.

“Some elements of the station are currently in a poor state of repair and require an immediate scheme of improvements to ensure the user experience reflect the importance of the Grade II building,” the documents said.

Chester Station opened in 1848 and was listed in 1970.

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