16 February 2023
"Significant investment" promised, as station to receive new café, bookable community space and improved customer facilities.
Significant investment funded by Government Town Deal Fund through Boston Town Deal Development will transform Boston railway station as the gateway to the town Improvements include a new community Café, bookable community space and improved customer waiting and toilet facilities
East Midlands Railway (EMR) has revealed plans for a £2.8M investment at Boston railway station, funded by the Government Town Deal Fund through Boston Town Deal, The Railway Heritage Trust and EMR. The development is expected to transform Boston railway station, and improve customer experience.
EMR is working with Boston Town Deal, Boston Borough Council, The Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail to provide a new community café and bookable community space, improved toilet facilities, two new start-up offices and customer waiting facilities. There will also be external improvements including improved signage and accessibility throughout.
The development will include mechanical and electrical enhancements, with upgraded heating, ventilation, IT and security systems that will deliver a more sustainable and modern provision for customers. The project is part of the Boston Town Deal programme of investment and was given the go-ahead by the government in 2022.
The plans for the railway station are said to align with the Levelling Up funding and the development of Rosegarth Square which will revitalise and repurpose the area between the River Witham and the bus station, a main gateway into the town. The Town Deal Fund was announced in 2019 and Boston secured £21.9M in Town Deal funding in 2021. EMR has been in consultation with Boston Town Deal, Boston Borough Council, The Railway Heritage Trust, Sustrans and The Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service and Accessibility Panels.
Will Rogers, Managing Director for EMR, said: “We’re delighted the investment at Boston Railway Station has been approved and we’re excited to work alongside the Town Deal and Boston Borough Council, The Railway Heritage Trust and Network Rail to significantly improve the facilities for our customers.
“The development will transform Boston Station as the gateway to the town, by encouraging integration with the surrounding community and offering an improved customer experience to all station visitors.”
Neil Kempster, Chair of Boston Town Deal said: “The refurbishment of Boston Railway Station will have a significant impact for the town for both local people and visitors to Boston. This project will enhance the railway station’s role and will bring increased footfall into the station. We look forward to seeing the work progress.”
Cllr Paul Skinner, Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “Having a welcoming and inviting railway station is important to our residents who use the station, as well as shoppers and visitors to the town. For many visitors, their first impression of Boston starts then they arrive at the station, so it is vitally important they have a good experience.“
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