Plans are on track for a Virgin makeover at city’s train station

Lancaster Railway Station.
Lancaster Railway Station.

Plans to refurbish Lancaster Railway Station have been submitted to the city council.

Virgin Trains says the station is in need of renovation, and the changes will make the overall look of the space more attractive and “may have a positive impact on revenue”.

It will also make facilities fully accessible to all passengers using the station.

The Listed building application includes plans for a replacement floor and light fittings to the pedestrian bridge, the refurbishment of information point room, platform 4 waiting room and toilets located on platform 3.

The work will include the installation of new windows and doors, replacement of partition walls and installation of new seating and desks.

In a statement as part of the planning application, Virgin Trains said: “The proposed works will enhance the overall station and provide much needed provision and improvements for passengers.

“Currently the areas identified are in need of renovation.

“The proposal renovates and brings back into use facilities that will be fully accessible by all passengers using the station. The upgrading of the facilities can be seen as a positive step for passengers and makes the experience of using the station more attractive and may have a positive impact on revenue and hence the future ability to invest in the fabric of the facility.”

Virgin Trains was unavailable for comment as the Lancaster Guardian went to press.

Originally known as ‘Lancaster Castle Station’ in order to distinguish it from the first Lancaster Station (1840–1849), Lancaster station was officially opened on September 21 1846.

It was remodelled in 1900-1906 when additional lines and platforms were added and further station buildings constructed.

The West Coast Main Line through Lancaster was electrified in 1974.