Plans developed by Doncaster Council and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to improve Doncaster Railway Station are well underway with work on the next phase of redevelopment starting.
Work has begun on creating a new eye-catching canopy on front of the station building.
The existing canopy will be demolished to make room for a brand new contemporary glass canopy which will provide a covered walkway to the front of the station and eventually on to the new taxi rank and new car park on West Street.
The existing forecourt in front of the station will be transformed into a high-quality pedestrian area with landscaping and impressive water features. This will vastly improve the current environment making this a focal point and pleasing area in which to arrive into Doncaster.
The station is continuing to run as usual during phase 2 of the canopy construction but the North main entrance will be closed for 12 weeks from late September with customers advised to use the South or Frenchgate entrances as an alternative. Once phase 2 is complete the North entrance will reopen and the South entrance will close for a similar period.
As part of the plans to enhance the station, the former Post Office building was demolished last year to make room for a new station car park. In addition, a new access road is to be built which will allow drop off at the station as well as a new station taxi rank.
Tim Hedley-Jones, Major Projects Director at LNER, said:
“Doncaster is a busy station so we’re really pleased to be working with the council to improve the experience of those travelling to the area via train. Significant progress has already been made and we’re currently on track to complete the canopy in spring 2019.”
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said:
“The transformation of the train station is really starting to ramp up as we bring our exciting plans to life.
“The new canopy is one part of the City Gateway scheme which will create an amazing first impression of Doncaster when people arrive at our train station. Turning the existing forecourt into an attractive new public space will make such a difference and become a superb new route into the town centre. We are committed to creating a thriving Doncaster.”
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:
“It is great to see work start at Doncaster train station to transform it into an attractive and welcoming area for all those visiting, living in and working in our town centre.
“I made a commitment to support Doncaster’s Urban Centre Masterplan projects, and the redevelopment of the train station is a great example of how the town centre is being improved.
“I’m delighted that this project has benefited from £7.5 million of Sheffield City Region LEP money, which has come from the Local Growth Fund (LGF). LGF funding allows LEPs to drive forward economic growth across the country, helping to build places that work for everyone.”
The plans have been specifically designed to open up Doncaster’s town centre to more visitors and businesses, as well as improve the general atmosphere for residents.
The whole scheme is scheduled to be complete in spring 2020. It is one of a number of major town centre projects helping to deliver the ambitious Urban Centre Masterplan.
More information is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/urbanmasterplan
The council led redevelopment of the station forecourt is being carried out in partnership with LNER and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE). The scheme will help attract new investment and jobs into Doncaster and the wider region and is benefiting from £7.5 million of Sheffield City Region funding.
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12 billion through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.