£500K upgrade for Harwich Town rail station complete

Rail passengers using Harwich Town rail station are now enjoying better lighting, resurfaced platforms and a brand new waiting shelter.

Train operator Greater Anglia spent more than half a million pounds transforming the station, including dismantling the dilapidated platform canopy and rebuilding the platform, which had subsided.

The old canopy has been replaced with a brand new wooden shelter to better protect passengers from the elements as they wait for trains.

As part of an overall electrical upgrade for the station, the existing orange-coloured lighting has been replaced by more energy efficient, brighter white LED lights to improve safety and security, whilst consuming far less energy.

The platforms have been repaired and completely resurfaced with new tarmac, as well as repointing and replacement of some of the coper slabs at the platform edge.

Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Director of Asset Management, said, “I’d like to thank customers for their patience while this work was carried out. The station is now much improved, brighter and safer as a result of this upgrade.

“Investing in upgrades to stations across the network is extremely important to Greater Anglia, demonstrating our commitment to providing excellent facilities and service to our customers.”

Robert Day, Trustee of the Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre, whose Railway Museum is located at Harwich Town Station, said “We are delighted to have worked closely with Greater Anglia on this project, which has helped to secure a bright future for the historic station building and railway museum complex.”