New modern platform opened at a Gainsborough train station after £3 million investment

New platform opens at Gainsborough Lea Road station
New platform opens at Gainsborough Lea Road station

A new, modern platform has opened at Gainsborough Lea Road station, to replace the old platform 2 after a £3 million investment.

Network Rail has replaced the old, tired platform iwhich will improve the look and feel of the station.

The new platform has a smoother surface and a ramp has been installed to maintain step-free access.

Now the updated platform has opened, the old one has been blocked off from public access in the station and work will take place to demolish it.

There will be no disruption to train services while this work is carried out.

The next stage of improvement work at Gainsborough Lea Road station, to replace platform 1, is expected to begin in 2021.

Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Midlands Route, said: “We are committed to making improvements at stations to improve the railway for passengers. 

“The platforms at Gainsborough Lea Road needed updating and this work will improve the look and feel of the station. 

“We continue to work with East Midlands Railway to minimise any disruption in the station whilst the work is carried out.”

Neil Grabham, Customer Service Director for East Midlands Railway, said: “We are really pleased the new platform is open to the public.

“This will significantly improve the experience for passengers at Gainsborough Lea Road station.

“We are working with Network Rail to ensure there is no disruption to passengers whilst they demolish the old platform 2.

“Platform 1 will also be replaced to meet the needs of passengers in the future.”

Network Rail own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations.

It runs 20 of Britain's largest stations while all the others, which is more than 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in Britain and more than 600 freight trains run on the network.

And people depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day.