First Great Western celebrate completion of £800k station enhancement scheme

On 23 August 2014 First Great Western (FGW), Cornwall Council, Sustrans and Network Rail celebrated the completion of an £811,000 improvement project at Hayle station.

Work to the station now provides for safer access for passengers and increased opportunities for the local community wishing to train by train.

Welcoming guests on behalf of FGW Property Project Manager, Tony Cole. said:
“We recognise the key role that rail travel has in supporting the local and national economy and we are delighted that this improvement work has been completed, improving access to Hayle station for all of our customers.”
“During the previous franchise over £85 million was invested across our network of 210 stations, by working with industry partners, the DfT and local authorities.”

The project has replaced the existing footpath crossing while the disused Harbour Branch railway line has been turned into a footpath and cycleway. New access to the south west of the station car parklinks the rear of platform 2 to the underpass via a ramp.

John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: 
“This is another excellent example of partnership, co-operation and project management. I would like to thank everyone from First Great Western, Network Rail, Cornwall Council, Sustrans and the contractors for their positive approach and excellent work. The railway has been important to Hayle since we first built a line in 1837. I hope these improvements 
mark a new stage in better facilities and greater usage for this vital link.”

As part of the celebrations Sustrans organised cycle rides on the new cycle path with some experienced cyclists and Volunteers.

Sustrans Area Manager, Simon Murray said:
“We were delighted to be able work with our partners to deliver these local station improvements. Increasing opportunities for more integrated travel will be essential for residents and visitors to Cornwall if we are to encourage sustainable development at the same time as supporting economic growth. We hope the new cycling facilities and pedestrian access 
improvements are the first of many to benefit Cornish Stations and the growing interest in train travel for commuting purposes.”

Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail’s managing director for the western route, said:
“Safety on and around the railway is a top priority for us, which is why we have pledged to close a further 500 crossings across the UK by 2019. Successfully closing a level crossing is often a complex, lengthy process. I thank First Great Western, Cornwall Council and Sustrans for the help they have given us at Hayle to meet our safety target, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we progress our closure programme and further improve safety across the South West.”