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Chippenham Station refurbishment is just the ticket

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John Mortimer Baroness Scott and Rob MullenJohn Mortimer Baroness Scott and Rob MullenThe first phase of the refurbishment of Chippenham Station is underway after a new ticket hall and cafe were unveiled.

The refurbishment is part of the initial phase of the project which will also include better security, improved accessibility, improved frontage and more places to store and lock up bicycles.

This phase forms part of a wider scheme to regenerate the station and surrounding area which is funded through the Local Growth Deal which the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) competitively bid for from Government.

Phase 1 is led by Great Western Railway and supported by Wiltshire Council and Network Rail. Plans for phase 2 will shortly be available, which will include a public consultation event for the community to view and comment on the proposals.

John Mortimer, chairman of SWLEP, joined guests at the station on 26 June, for the opening of the new facilities.

"We have committed to investing £16m in the refurbishment of Chippenham Railway station; which has enabled a potential further £18m of private match funding," he said.

"This investment will enhance the station facilities and the development of surrounding land for improved car parking, commercial property and residential property.”

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "Chippenham is a vital and busy transport hub for Wiltshire, and we are proud and happy that we can contribute to making visits to the station a more pleasant experience.

"The station looks much smarter after this first phase, and I'm certain that the public will love the changes they see when the project is complete.

GWR operations director Rob Mullen said: "This is the beginning of a comprehensive scheme by GWR, Wiltshire Council, and the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP that includes more forecourt improvements; a northern lift on the footbridge and potential for more car parking.

"The combination of vision for a better Chippenham and our joint commitment to delivery, means we can improve the station as well as improving the journey experience - with new Intercity Express Trains providing more seats, and in time more frequent and quicker journeys."