3 December, 2007 – Glass frontage is central to Salford station’s £5 million transformation
Work has started on installing nearly 500 square metres of glass at Salford Central railway station as part of a £5 million transformation.
The project, which is being funded by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Manchester Enterprises, is due to be finished by Christmas. It will include a new glass-fronted entrance hall covering the height and width of the station building.
Councillor Roger Jones, Chair of the Passenger Transport Authority, visited the station on Thursday to watch the glass being lifted into place. He said: “Salford Central has been hidden away on the border between Manchester and Salford for decades. I’m pleased that the station is now being brought back into the limelight.
“The striking new glass entrance hall and other improvements we’re making will help to transform Salford Central’s appearance. I’m sure this £5 million investment will help to boost the local economy and encourage more people to use public transport.”
Mike Emmerich, Chief Executive of Manchester Enterprises, said: “We are delighted with the transformation that is taking place in Salford. We are convinced that this investment will reap rewards for Salford and will improve the passenger experience for people who use the station.”
The project to upgrade Salford Central is being managed by Network Rail. A new ticket office, public address system, customer information screens and CCTV are being installed as part of the project. Taxi and bus facilities are also being upgraded and new ramps and lifts will help to improve access.
The Passenger Transport Authority is investing £3.85 million in the scheme with a further £1.1 million being provided by Manchester Enterprises – the economic development agency for Greater Manchester – from the European Regional Development Fund.
Transport bosses want to transform Salford Central into a state-of-the-art station to reflect its importance to the region. The current work is the first phase of long-term vision for the station and surrounding area.
More than £100 million has already been invested on projects near the station in the past few years. Nearby regeneration schemes have included the People’s History Museum, the Lowry Hotel, Chapel Wharf and The Edge. The eight railway arches on Chapel Street have also been refurbished.
Source: GMPTA Press release