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Rail bosses defend £1m station spend

RAIL bosses have defended spending £1m on a station, where the ticket office has been recommended for closure.

RAIL bosses have defended spending £1m on a station, where the ticket office has been recommended for closure.

Earlier this month, Network Rail unveiled the purpose-built ticket office and waiting room at Berkswell Station.

Work had started last November to replace dilapidated buildings; the ticket master’s house dated from the 19th century.

But back in May, a study was commissioned by the Department for Transport into the rail network.

Berkswell was one of 675 stations which the McNulty Report recommends should close its ticket office.

Resident Graham Lock said it would be “a major blow” to the village. 200,000 passengers use the station annually.

And with concerns growing about the future of facilities, residents have begun to question the investment.

This week Network Rail acknowledged the report, but said that operator London Midland had no plans to close the ticket office.

“There was an opinion expressed that we had wasted the money because the office would close,” said a spokesman.

“But this is false. We would not have spent this money on the new buildings if that was the case.

“On the contrary, we are still looking at further ways that we can improve Berkswell Station.”

 

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