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Over GBP 1.5 Million Worth of Station Improvements Delivered for East Midlands Trains Passengers

- Continued investment in train stations with new waiting shelters, new platform seating, extra cycle spaces, refurbished toilets and waiting rooms

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/14 -- East Midlands Trains passengers have benefitted from over GBP 1.5 million worth of improvements at their train stations over the last year.

Investment in new and improved facilities at 23 different train stations on the East Midlands Trains network has delivered a wide range of benefits for passengers including around 800 additional cycle spaces, better waiting facilities, new seating and refurbished toilets.

Larger scale investment has seen the complete refurbishment of ticket offices at Lincoln and Market Harborough stations and additional ticket machines at Nottingham and Sheffield stations.

The range of enhancements include:

- Improved cycle facilities with extra pods, stands or spaces at Alfreton, Bottesford, Chesterfield, Kettering, Mansfield, Market Harborough, Matlock, Skegness and Wellingborough stations.

- New/refurbished waiting shelters at Ancaster, Belper, Newark Castle and Radcliffe stations. The waiting rooms at Boston and Market Harborough stations have also been refurbished.

- New platform seating at Belper, Kettering, Leicester, Lincoln, Sheffield, Stamford and Wellingborough stations.

- Opening of new refurbished ticket offices at Market Harborough and Lincoln stations.

- Refurbished toilets at Boston, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Skegness and Stamford with two new accessible toilets installed in the main concourse at Leicester train station.

- New ticket vending machines at Syston and extra machines installed at Nottingham and Sheffield train stations.

- Tactile maps installed at Chesterfield and Kettering rail stations

- Other improvements delivered for passengers include:

- improvements to the station entrance and forecourt at Bottesford and
Chesterfield stations
- improving the link bridge between Leicester train station and car park
- new CCTV and signage at Kidsgrove station
- new anti-slip surfacing on the stairs at Sileby station
- new accessible overbridge at Uttoxeter station

Many of the schemes have been delivered in partnership with Network Rail and local authorities across the network through the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), ATOC cycle fund and the Department for Transport's Access for All Scheme.

Andy Moore, Head of Stations for East Midlands Trains, said: "As well as working on the larger station schemes, such as Nottingham, our teams have been busy working on a range of improvements to stations right across our network.

"We've invested over GBP 1.5 million over the past year to deliver better station facilities with extra bike spaces, better toilets and improved waiting areas. We've also completed a number of accessibility improvement schemes providing accessible toilets, better station entrances and tactile maps to help visually impaired passengers find their way around our stations more easily.

"This has been a great start to the year, and we're sure passengers will welcome this significant investment in our stations. There's still plenty to come for the year ahead however, with the major improvements at Nottingham, opening of three major new cycle hubs, Kettering station's First Class Lounge and further station accessibility improvements to look forward to.

"We'd like to thank our partners at the Department for Transport, Network Rail, the Community Rail Partnerships and local authorities for their ongoing support in delivering these improvements for our passengers."

Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, added: "Stations have a vital role to play in our communities. They are gateways to the towns and cities they serve and the first impression passengers have of our network.

"Over the past five years passengers at 89 East Midlands Trains stations have benefitted from improvements worth around GBP 5.2 million. We look forward to furthering our successful partnership with East Midlands Trains to deliver even more improvements in the year ahead."

The Department for Transport announced yesterday (29 April 2014) that Alfreton, Kidsgrove and Market Harborough train stations have been granted funding from the Access for All fund to deliver step-free access at each of these stations by 2019.

For more information about East Midlands Trains, visit http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.

Notes to Editors

For media enquiries, please contact East Midlands Trains on 01738 442111. Out of office hours: An on-call service operates for urgent media enquiries out of hours. To access this service, please call 08448 222888 and quote MEDIA1. Please leave a short message, including your name, media organisation, phone number and the nature of your enquiry. The on call press officer will then return your call.

For a selection of East Midlands Trains images visit www.flickr.com/photos/eastmidlandstrains.

East Midlands Trains

- East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, runs fast, frequent trains from and to London St Pancras International and key UK destinations throughout the East Midlands, including Leicester, Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

- East Midlands Trains is currently investing over GBP 40 million to improve stations across its network and every single passenger train within its fleet.

- East Midlands Trains is committed to offering great value fares. Use the East Midlands Trains Best Fare Finder to search for cheap train tickets and book cheap train tickets to London and on more than 400 routes across the UK.

Stagecoach Group

--  Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with
    extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The Group
    employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, train, and tram
--  Stagecoach is one of UK's biggest bus and coach operators with around
    8,000 buses and coaches. Around 2.5 million passengers travel on
    Stagecoach's buses every day on a network stretching from south-west
    England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The Group's business
    includes major city bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle,
    Hull, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. Low-cost coach
    service, megabus.com, operates between around 60 towns and cities across
    the UK.
--  Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains,
    Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49% shareholding
    in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast inter-city rail
--  Stagecoach also operates the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield.
--  In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,900 buses and coaches in
    the United States and Canada. Megabus.com serves more than 100 cities in
    North America. Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter and
    transit services, contracted bus services, charters, sightseeing tours
    and a small number of school bus services.

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