THE area surrounding Uttoxeter Railway Station has received a £5,000 boost to improve its safety and appearance.
The cash has come from county councillor Geoff Morrison’s local communities fund, which is allocated to projects to ‘promote the well-being’ of town residents.
Railings on the parapet of the road bridge across the Picknall brook, which provides access to the station and its car park, have been missing for some time.
But Councillor Morrison’s funding has seen the railings replaced with brand new fittings.
Staffordshire County Council has also removed trees that were growing out of the station’s retaining wall, improving the view from the platform.
The work comes a week after it was revealed more passengers are using Uttoxeter Railway Station than ever before.
Councillor Morrison said the work will ‘improve the prosperity of the area’.
He said: “Apart from being a safety hazard the lack of railings and the overgrown nature of the bank leading up to the bridge gave a very poor impression of the town.
“The replacement railings match other railings recently installed on the other side of the Brook.
“The removal of the trees that had grown out of the wall now allows uninterrupted views of the river.
“The overall effect of this work is to uplift the route to and from the station.”
A county council spokesman has praised Councillor Morrison’s use of his local communities fund.
He said: “In instigating this project, Councillor Morrison provided a key local lead for a countywide priority for Staffordshire County Council which is to improve the prosperity of the area.
“The work undertaken by the council, in conjunction with other partners, has contributed to low levels of unemployment and increased inward investment.
“The improvement of major gateways into the county, like railway stations, is important as it contributes to the image of Staffordshire being an attractive and well managed place to do business.”
The work comes six months after Network Rail installed a new footbridge across the tracks to improve safety at Uttoxeter Station.