CLEETHORPES railway station has reopened after a major refurbishment costing half a million pounds.

The station, which is managed by train operating company, First TransPennine Express (FTPE), has seen improvements to its waiting room, ticket office, public toilets and customer information system.

The £500,000 revamp was funded by First TransPennine Express, North East Lincolnshire County Council and the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme. The improvements will be officially unveiled today (5th Sept) by Shona McIsaac, MP for Cleethorpes, Immingham and Barton.

Dean Lancaster, Station Manager for Cleethorpes, said: "The improvements are fantastic and feedback from passengers who have used the station has been positive. It is great to see this investment in Cleethorpes."

Improvements include a new disabled toilet and baby-changing facilities, automatic doors for the travel centre, new accessible ticket counter with induction loops and improved level access to the station to make it easier for disabled passengers.

MP Shona McIsaac welcomes the improvements. She said: "Cleethorpes railway station is wonderfully located. Very few seaside resort stations are so close to the beaches and promenades. Now the station has benefited from a half a million pounds worth of investment which is a great boost for the town and surrounding area. It's a unique selling point to attract more trippers to Cleethorpes. You can be on the beach within minutes of arriving at the newly refurbished station. Congratulations to everyone involved. "

Customer information help points and CCTV have also been installed.

The refurbishment was designed by architects 'Above and Beyond' and implemented by Serco.

Michele Cusack, director of regeneration at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "We are delighted with the way First TransPennine Express and the council have worked together to achieve these improvements.

"We are hopeful that this is just the start of a successful partnership aimed at bringing new investment and regeneration to the station and the surrounding area of our excellent seaside resort."

Councillor Geoff Lowis, portfolio holder for regeneration at NELC, said: "This is a significant first step in a major transformation of the railway station and the wider resort. We are looking forward to working with all partners to shape the future of our proud and historic seaside town."

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