Green light for station revamp

PUBLISHED: 12:59 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009

Potters Bar station: £350,000 to be spent on improvements

Potters Bar station: £350,000 to be spent on improvements

ONE of the key gateways into Potters Bar is about to get a facelift. Hertsmere Borough Council has secured hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund the revamp of the town s railway station. It means there will be improvements to the layout of the station f

ONE of the key gateways into Potters Bar is about to get a facelift.

Hertsmere Borough Council has secured hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund the revamp of the town's railway station.

It means there will be improvements to the layout of the station for better access to pedestrians, disabled users and cyclists.

Parking facilities will also be improved as will the visual amenity of the area.

The council has worked with Hertfordshire County Council, Potters Bar In Focus and First Capital Connect to come up with plans for the redevelopment.

It is estimated the cost of the work will be around £350,000.

Borough councillor John Donne, portfolio holder for transport, said: "This has long been a problem area for residents and commuters and the money will be used to greatly enhance the whole area.

"We have worked hard with other agencies to secure the funding and this is a good example of a partnership working which will truly benefit local people."

A spokesman for First Capital Connect said: "We are delighted that our application for £150,000 funding [from the Department of Transport] towards a £350,000 bus/rail integration scheme has been successful.

"The scheme will greatly improve the bus interchange outside Potters Bar station and will resolve the current conflict between buses, taxis, private cars and pedestrians.

"There will be wider pavements, sheltered waiting areas for bus passengers, high quality cycle parking, a clearly defined taxi rank and safer facilities for cars to set down rail passengers."

The groups are working together to agree on the best layout for the forecourt. It is hoped work will start around April.

Hertsmere Borough Council has put up £20,000 and the rest is from the county council.

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