The timeline of Doncaster’s proud rail history is on track for another landmark moment as it steams towards a £21 million cash injection.
Network Rail has confirmed it is planning to invest the substantial sum of money in expanding and improving Doncaster’s train station.
The work is scheduled to start in May, providing planning permission is granted, and will include the addition of a new bay platform as well as a bridge to provide passenger access to it.
The new addition - platform zero - will be used for trains terminating in, or starting from, Doncaster and is set to be located at the end of the station near to the Frenchgate shopping centre.
Paul Rutter, area director at Network Rail said of the plans: “Doncaster is an extremely busy interchange not just for passenger trains but also for freight trains.”
He added: “This investment at the station to create platform zero will help us to make services more reliable and is part of a wider programme of investment which will allow more trains to run in the future. Work is due to start this summer and the platform will be open for business in December.”
This announcement follows Doncaster being chosen as one of two national sites for the prestigious HS2 Rail college, which will be based in Doncaster’s Lakeside, which is already home to household names in the rail industry such as DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Hitachi.
Mayor Ros Jones said she welcomed the £21million improvement programme.
“It’s great to see this new investment being made in our railway station to help make services more reliable for passengers,” said Mayor Jones.
She continued: “With improvements to the railway station, the growing success of Doncaster based railway companies and by delivering the new National College for High Speed Rail, we are continuing to boost Doncaster’s status as an important railway centre.”
All station alterations and improvements are expected to be carried out by the end of the year. According to the planning application submitted to Doncaster council earlier this year, the purpose of the new platform will be to ‘remove traffic from the long distance high speed train lines and improve efficiency of train movements through the station’.
The application for the alterations has not yet been approved, and a final decision is expected to be made at the end of next month following a standard consultation. Improvements due to be carried out will include new signals and access routes as well as track adjustments and there will also be the addition of new canopies and a shelter.