Train users and residents in Leighton-Linslade have had their first glimpse of the major improvements taking place at the town’s station to improve access.
A one-day exhibition was held, kicked off by MP Andrew Selous, to unveil full details of the £3m upgrade, which includes three new lifts and a footbridge to provide step-free access.
Project manager Dave Barker, of Spencer Rail, which is building the access, was on hand to explain the plans and answer questions from the public.
Foundations for the project have been built over the past six months and have unearthed a glimpse of the town’s past. The footing to a Victorian tower were discovered along with the original 1800s station platform.
“We’ve also found a massive culvert, as tall as a man, running from the site and under nearby houses. We don’t know where it goes to,” said Dave.
As part of the company’s commitment to the community Dave and his team have kept local residents fully informed of the work in progress with monthly letters.
“We’re very conscious that most of the work we’ve done so far has been at night but we’ve not had a single complaint about the noise. But things are likelier to get much noisier from now on as we get on with the building work.”
It is expected that the new facility will be open by June.
On Saturday British Transport Police and Leighton-Linslade Town Council’s bike squad were present marking bikes and talking about bike theft and cycle safety. Station staff gave away freebies and the local volunteer group, Off-The-Rails, promoted the work they do in making the station more attractive with planters and landscaping.
Spencers also held a draw to give two people the opportunity to win new mountain bikes.