Millions to be spent on big revamp of Staffordshire stations

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Millions of pounds will be invested in improving all the railway stations in Staffordshire under new plans revealed today, including upgrading of platforms.

New signs will also be installed and general repairs take place in the scheme.

Staffordshire County Council wants to spruce up the stations to improve the impression the county makes on visitors.

Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley are all in line for investment, as well as Penkridge, Codsall, Bilbrook and Stone.

Lichfield Trent Valley is earmarked for a major rev-amp including extra parking. A £3 million upgrade of Stafford has already begun, with work including new roofing, improved platforms and a repaired bridge. The Network Rail scheme is due to last for nine months.

Today's council announcment comes after a review identified all 20 stations in the county as sub-standard.

Transport boss Councillor Mike Maryon has now asked officers to draw up detailed plans.

It comes alongside £30m plans for the electrification of the Rugeley to Walsall Chase line, expected to increase footfall at Staffordshire stations.

Under the scheme, the numbers of trains per hour will be increased and the speed of the line will go from 45 to 75mph.

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