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Uttoxeter Railway Station under the microscope

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

By JENNY MOODY

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UTTOXETER’S railway station is set to come under scrutiny as council chiefs prepare to assess its potential for improvement.

The Building a Beautiful Staffordshire scheme outlines plans to work with the community and district partners to enhance the quality of highways and gateways across Staffordshire in order to encourage more inward investment and promote healthy lifestyles.

The report to Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet recommends strengthening existing development partnerships and reviewing how key infrastructure like roads and railway stations can be improved. Uttoxeter’s Railway Station has hit the headlines in recent months due to improvements in its appearance but a lack of services. Recommendations in this report include carrying out a detailed survey of all railway stations within Staffordshire to assess their potential for improvement, including any surrounding land development opportunities and establish a prioritised programme of work.

Mike Maryon, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Our railway stations are often the first impression people get of Staffordshire and it is important we really showcase the county at the best.

“The survey will look at all our stations and help prioritise the ones which could benefit from improvements.

“Through the Building a Beautiful Staffordshire programme we want to work with partners across the county to breathe new life into our communities. We want to deliver bold, innovative designs and create neighbourhoods where we would all be proud to live, work or visit. With more investment, and more decisions being made at a local level, there is a real opportunity for people to now influence the design and impact of schemes on their community.

“It is not about spending more money, but instead looking at how we can ensure every pound invested helps deliver not just the expected but the “wow” factor across the county.”

The recommended strategy brings together the Manual for Streets Project, which looks at how different streets work can best blend the needs of both motorists and pedestrians and the Gateway Scheme to improve railways. The report is set to be discussed at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

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