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Train operator Greater Anglia has been allowed to press ahead with plans to complete £1m of improvements at Brandon railway station.
Breckland Council has confirmed that the operator’s plans to redevelop the station are lawful under development regulations.
A Certificate of Lawful Use or Development has been granted to Greater Anglia. This means that it can proceed with its plans to increase Brandon’s parking capacity by demolishing redundant station buildings.
Greater Anglia plans to invest £1m in improving passenger facilities.
Brandon will benefit from new waiting shelters, more lighting and CCTV cameras as well as better drainage, while the number of car parking spaces will increase from 6 to 100.
It is anticipated that the work will start towards the end of 2020.
Greater Anglia’s Director for Asset Management, Simone Bailey, said: “We are pleased to now have the support of the council and the Railway Heritage Trust so that we can get on with making Brandon rail station fit for purpose in the 21st century and improve its facilities for our passengers. While we are sympathetic to the views of some who would like to see the old station buildings retained, no-one has ever come forward with a credible business plan that demonstrates that they either have the investment required or an ongoing sustainable use for the buildings. As a result, they are falling further and further into disrepair and becoming unsafe.”
Simone continued: “Therefore, we have concluded that the best course of action is to demolish the buildings as this will provide more space, enabling us to improve the station in other important ways – i.e. making sure there are enough car parking spaces and accessible parking spaces available, as this will enable everyone to access the station and rail travel more easily. In turn, a shift locally from car to train benefits, everyone, through reductions in road traffic congestion and pollution as it is a much more environmentally friendly way to travel.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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