Greater Anglia has invested over £1million to upgrade stations in North Essex.

The company says it has invested money to improve waiting shelters, toilets and benches at East Anglia stations.

A total of nine new waiting shelters were installed, eight of them replacing the old ones.

In North Essex, the improved shelter is in Alresford, where a new shelter has been installed.

Toilets have been refurbished at Manningtree, Marks Tey and Thorpe Le Soken.

The upgrade included new tiling, hand dryers and decor and, at some stations, new sinks and worktops.

Over 450 platform benches have also been upgraded and some older style metal benches have been replaced with wooden benches which are more comfortable and improve the appearance of the platforms.

Benches have been installed in Alresford, Bures, Chapel & Wakes Colne, Colchester, Colchester Town, Dovercourt, Frinton on Sea, Great Bentley, Harwich International, Harwich Town, Hythe, Kirby Cross, Mistley, Thorpe Le Soken and Wivenhoe.

Greater Anglia’s Director of Asset Management, Simone Bailey, said: “These improvements provide a better station environment and improved passenger comfort, as we welcome people back to the railway.

“This is part of an ongoing program of station upgrade projects which has also included the relining of car parks and wider station presentation standards across our network to ensure our facilities are in top condition for our customers. .”