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Monday, October 29, 2007

Presentation marks completion of Rainhill station works

Merseytravel has paid tribute to the history of Rainhill Railway Station in Merseyside - following the completion of a series of works to improve access to the station.

A plaque detailing the rich history of the station, including the world famous Rainhill Trials and the emergence of steam railway across the world, now takes pride of place inside Rainhill Village Hall.

It was presented by Merseytravel`s Rail Committee Chair, Councillor Chris Blakeley and marks the completion of the access works at the station designed to improve access for people with mobility problems.

The improvements include level access to the Liverpool-bound platform, road improvements around the station, tactile paving and new blue badge parking spaces for passengers.

Merseytravel funded the £56,000 works, with a contribution from the Department for Transport`s Access For All Small Scheme Fund.

Councillor Chris Blakeley said: "Rainhill Station is famous the world over and we are delighted to remember its past, with this plaque, and to build for the future, with our access improvement works.

"Improving access to all our stations is important if we are to create a public transport network accessible to everyone."

Pictured: Councillor Blakeley presented the plaque to Councillor Mike Doyle and Mrs Vivien Hainsworth of St Helens Council, Derek Houghton, Chair of the Rainhill Railway and Heritage Society, Chris Tigwell, Vice Chair of the Rainhill Railway & Heritage Society and Kath Wilson of Rainhill Parish Council.

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