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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
When the Queen arrives in Norfolk later this week she will see some changes.
A £2m transformation is under way at King’s Lynn which will see a range of improvements to the look and feel of the station.
A heritage makeover has taken place with a new colour scheme, lamps and benches all being installed.
As part of the refurbishment the Victorian wood and glass ticket hall roof will be replaced on a like-for-like basis to retain its character.
Project manager Paul Meenan said: “The first phase is everything you see on the platform.
“The second stage will be replacing the roof over the ticket office.
“It has all been done from suggestions of the public. Fen line users suggested the colour scheme and we have taken in to account ideas they have given us.”
A temporary ticket office has been opened at the side of the station while work is under way to replace the roof.
New CCTV cameras have been installed on the platforms and outside the station as well as heritage-style LED lamps.
The project team visited a number of heritage stations around the country to help with the revamp.
Mr Meenan said: “We visited a lot of heritage stations and, although they were very good, we thought we could do better.
It is the little details that make it.
“I visited Wolferton which is a fantastic station. It used to be the Queen’s station and now this one is so I felt a connection between it.”
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham paid a visit to the station to look at the changes.
He said: “I’m immensely pleased about this investment in west Norfolk.
“It is a continuation of the work to improve our infrastructure here to encourage inward investment.
“£2m investment shows the belief Network Rail and First Capital Connect have in west Norfolk.
“There are three things customers say to me one is that the rolling stock needs updating, the second is overcrowding from London which is being dealt with by the half-hourly service and the third is the state of King’s Lynn station.
“I am delighted that the refurbishment has taken place.”
Work to improve the station began in April and it is hoped that it will be completed by the end of March.
New signs have been put up in keeping with the heritage theme and the platforms now have cast iron benches which have been crafted locally for passengers to use.
Station manager Graeme Pratt said: “It is going to be cleaner and better for people to use.
“Hopefully it will encourage people use the line more.”