WIGAN’S run-down mainline station is set for a £500k facelift.
North Western Station, which is managed by Virgin Trains, will benefit from a more attractive subway and staircases, plus new toilets.
The work is part of the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), funded by the Department for Transport.
There will be aluminium side panels, a new ceiling, new lighting, an improved floor surface and improved drainage in the subway.
Stairs between the subway and the platforms will also be refurbished.
The toilets will be of a high specification modern standard, incorporating the latest energy-saving systems, including touch-free sensors to operate flushes and taps.
The environmentally-friendly design is intended for easy maintenance and cleaning.
An accessible toilet will be included for people with mobility needs. Work will be phased to make sure that toilets continue to be available meantime.
In addition, Transport for Greater Manchester has allocated £40,000 to improve the front of the station.
Linsey Telford, the Virgin Trains station manager, said: “Wigan and district will gain a much more attractive gateway, welcoming visitors to the area.
“When the project is complete next spring, I am sure passengers will appreciate the improvement. The experience of using the station will be transformed for the better.”
Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader and cabinet member for economy, said: “It is good news because it is all part of the process of what we want to do.
“It makes people’s first impression when they arrive in Wigan a pleasant one.
“We have spent a lot of money in Wigan to enhance the area.
“Train providers are doing their part and this is good for everyone all around.”
The work is commercially managed by Network Rail and delivered by the station operators, Virgin Trains. The main contractor is Serco Civil Infrastructure.
In addition, work began on the station bridge this week in a separate project which coincides with the Saddle Junction road scheme.