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Station upgrade work to begin

The vision for what the new Fleet Station will look like Credit: South West Trains

Plans to rennovate a train station in Hampshire will begin today. Eight point eight million pound is being invested into Fleet railway station.

The vision for what the new Fleet Station will look like Credit: South West Trains

The scheme aims to build a new forecourt, extra bike spaces and CCTV cameras.

It's being delivered by South West Trains and the Department for Transport.

Concerns over station access

Hundreds of millions of pounds is being spent improving speed and capacity on the region's railways. Making them fit for the 21st Century.

But some passengers say many stations are stuck firmly in the past, with little or no access for people in wheelchairs.

Reading West station - just a mile from the town centre, is being upgraded as part of a multi-million pound electrification programme. However, Network Rail says disabled access there isn't a priority.

Reading West isn't the only station to fall well short. Tilehurst, Thatcham, Earley and Newbury Racecourse to name a few all have steps-only access to some platforms.

And campaigners say that's unacceptable. Mel Bloor reports.


Kent rail station undergoes £147m revamp

Rochester's rail station will be slid almost 40 metres into the air Credit: Network Rail

Rochester train station will be lifted into the air this Easter as part of a £147m scheme to improve the railway line.

The underpass that will be created will provide a public link between Corporation Street, Rochester and river Medway as well as the station's platforms.

Network Rail’s head of communications for London and the South East, Nicky Hughes, said: “The work we are doing at Rochester will result in a fantastic new station and a more reliable railway – however we also realise that the disruption will not be welcome for passengers travelling over Easter.

"We have to do the work when the railway is less busy, and Easter gives us four full days and nights where we can undertake big engineering projects while affecting the least passengers."

Designs for new station at Bicester Town

The designs for a new station at Bicester Town have been released. The plans include two new platforms, an improved station approach with cycle parking and bus stops. Work on the station is expected to be completed by summer 2015.

New designs for station at Bicester Town Credit: Chiltern Railways

Rob Brighouse, Managing Director at Chiltern Railways said: "Our brand new station at Bicester Town is part of our innovative project to build a new rail line between Oxford and London Marylebone.

Our investment provides the growing town of Bicester with two stations providing trains to London bringing more opportunities to travel and new transport connections for people in Oxfordshire."**

New designs for station at Bicester Town Credit: Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways will be running a bus replacement service from 15 February 2014 whilst work goes on to construct the new line between Bicester and Oxford.

New designs for station at Bicester Town Credit: Chiltern Railways

Phase 1 of Reading station upgrade almost complete

Workers at Reading brave the snow in attempt to complete work on time Credit: ITV Meridian

The first phase of the new £895m Reading Station is almost complete.3,600 workers are on the project racing against time to get four new platforms and new station buildings ready for April.

Work on one of five new platforms Credit: ITV Meridian
Workers on snow at Reading station Credit: ITV Meridian


Police looking for 10 men after two seriously injured

Police want to identify these 10 men Credit: British Transport Police

*Police are trying to identify ten men after two men were left badly injured in a fight at Parkstone railway station in Dorset on Saturday. *

Detective Constable Matt Bevan said: “Around 1.30am, two couples were arguing on Platform 2 at the station but members of station staff and passengers stepped in to diffuse the situation.

“As things began to calm down, a group of between five and ten men decided to get involved and a fight broke out, resulting in two of the men that had diffused the situation being knocked unconscious.

“This was a nasty and unprovoked attack on two men who were simply trying to help out in an unrelated matter. It is vital we identify those responsible and we hope the public can help us do so. “If you recognise the men, or have any information about the incident, please get in touch

You can contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40