The contractor who will be undertaking improvements on the approach and entrance to Stafford Railway Station has been announced.
Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd has been awarded the contract after they came out top against three other shortlisted tenders - with Stafford Borough Council saying they had received some ‘high quality submissions.’
The work will include refurbishment of the concourse, new street furniture, increased disabled parking close to the station, road resurfacing and a relocated public short-stay car park.
The winning company has successfully carried out a similar project at Carlisle Station.
The station is the gateway to Stafford town and sits adjacent to the award-winning Victoria Park which has recently retained national recognition as one of the best open spaces in the UK.
The scheme is part of the wider transformation of the town centre - with the £1 million revamp of Market Square expected to be completed next month. The borough council was successful in securing money from the government’s Future High Street Fund for the projects.
The council say they will now be working with Eric Wright Civil Engineering to discuss timings for a start date with work earmarked for completion in the Spring.
Councillor Ant Reid, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said stepping outside the railway station was often the first impression visitors to the county town would experience.
“Once you exit the station you have the award-winning Victoria Park on the doorstep which underwent a £2.5m restoration a few years ago. That’s a fantastic advert for the town and why this latest project is very important for the area as first impressions really do count.”
He continued: “We were really pleased with the quality of the tenders that we received - there were some very high quality submissions - and now we look forward to working with Eric Wright Civil Engineering to undertake work to improve accessibility, and the landscape, on the approach to the station which will make it more inviting for visitors and people using the trains.”
He added: “I am very pleased the work will particularly focus on people walking to and from the station - as well as the improvements for those with disabilities.”
Press Release No 6066