Stations to get a long overdue upgrade

BOTH Hastings and St Leonards Warrior Square rail stations are undergoing a long overdue refurbishment.

The works are being financed by SouthEastern Trains (SET) through an internal refurbishment fund.

Martin Woodfine, of rail action group SHRIMP, said: “We are very appreciative of SET for all the work.

“The revamped stations will present a nicer environment for passengers which is a very positive step. Following the recent launch of the new snack trolleys on the Charing Cross route this is further good news for our passengers.”

At St Leonards Warrior Square Station the following improvements will take place: Newly painted lamp columns, canopy beams, railings, external windows and doors; structural repairs to and painting within the waiting room; vegetation clearance at the station building and overbridge; repair to damaged cobbles and bollard in the car park; refurbishment of the staff accommodation area; and installation of new pigeon netting.

At Hastings station there will be: painting inside and out; repairs to the pigeon netting; tiling of the wall between the ticket office and coffee unit up to a metre height to avoid scuffing; all seats replaced with reused but modern powder coated seats; repairs to the automatic doors and installing tinted film to all windows; and the sign outside Hastings Station is to be renewed.

In addition, after the Olympics, funding from the Department for Transport, will fund the building of new public male and female toilets.