A LONG-awaited £700,000 refurbishment of Burton’s run-down railway station has finally begun.
The project will last until next year and will see all the dangerous asbestos removed from the 1970s building.
The revamp comes after months of criticism, including claims by Burton’s MP, Andrew Griffiths, that the town’s station was possibly the worst in Britain.
Network Rail spokesman Keith Lumley said: “The refurbishment work has now kicked in. We have had to block up the entrance of the building with boards and provide a temporary entrance at the side of the building.
“It is close to £700,000 being spent on the project and all the work should be completed in the New Year.” The refurbishment work consists of: *Removal of asbestos from the station.
*Refurbishment of station entrance, including canopy and ticket hall.
*Refurbishment of platform staircase and roof.
*Refurbishment of platform and lift canopies.
*Refurbishment of the platform building, made up of the toilets and staff office.
*New anti-slip floorway and lighting.
*Refurbishment of the existing waiting room to include room and access for wheelchairs.
*Installation of disabled toilet.
The drab building, erected in 1971, has been the source of controversy for some time after it was branded ugly and not fit for modern use by local politicians and commuters.
Network Rail announced its massive investment in the station last year and companies were invited to bid for the contract.
The revamp work comes after parts of Borough Road, which runs past the railway station, were closed for a £1.5 million project to reinforce the historic railway bridges.