GREATER Anglia has invested over £1million in upgrading waiting shelters, toilets and benches at East Anglia stations.

A total of nine new holding shelters have been installed, eight of them replacing old ones at Braintree Freeport, Brandon, Great Chesterford, Hatfield Peverel, Harlow Mill and Wrabness, and at Alresford one additional new shelter has been installed.

Toilets have been refurbished at Audley End, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Hockley, Manningtree, Marks Tey, Shenfield 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 were also upgraded and some older style metal benches were replaced with wooden benches that were more comfortable and improved the appearance of the platforms.

The new benches – which would be a mile long if placed end to end – have supplemented and/or replaced old benches at 76 stations (listed below), across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire .

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. .”

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Benches have been installed at Acle, Alresford, Althorne, Battlesbridge, Beccles, Braintree Freeport, Brampton, Brandon, Brimsdown, Brundall Gardens, Bures, Cantley, Chapel & Wakes Colne, Colchester, Colchester Town, Cressing, Cromer, Darsham, Derby Road , Dovercourt, Dullingham, Eccles Road, Elmswell, Elsenham, Felixstowe, Frinton on Sea, Great Chesterford, Great Bentley, Gunton, Haddiscoe, Halesworth, Harwich International, Harwich Town, Hertford East, Hoveton & Wroxham, Hythe, Kirby Cross, Lakenheath, Lingwood, Melton, Mistley, Newmarket, Newport, North Fambridge, North Walsham, Oulton Broad North, Oulton Broad South, Ponders End, Reedham, Roughton Road, Roydon, Rye House, Salhouse, Saxmundham, Shelford, Shippea Hill, Somerleyton, Spooner Row , St Margarets, Sudbury, Thetford, Thorpe Le Soken, Thurston, Trimley, Waltham Cross, Weeley, Westerfield, West Runton, White Notley, Whittlesea, Whittlesford Parkway, Wivenhoe, Woodbridge, Worstead, Wrabness and Wymondham.

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