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Work starts on £2m revamp of Ipswich station

06:00 26 November 2015

On going work at Ipswich Station

On going work at Ipswich Station

Work on a near-£2million refurbishment of Ipswich railway station has started – and is set to continue until August next year.

An artists' impression of the new station entrance at IpswichAn artists' impression of the new station entrance at Ipswich

The first phase to start is the £1m rebuild of the main station building.

The WH Smith newsagent and Pumpkin buffet have been closed and are currently being knocked out to create a much larger central concourse for passengers. Around this will be created a number of individual stalls, including a new site for the newsagent and a new buffet stall.

There will be seats in the concourse and new barriers separating the ticket hall from the area with direct access to the platform.

In the new year work is due to start on rebuilding the forecourt of the station, with new taxi areas, and new areas for passengers to be dropped off by private cars. The entrance to the multi-storey car park and to a new short-stay parking area will be separated from that to the station itself and there will be more space for pedestrians to circulate around the station entrance.

An artists' impression of the new station entrance at IpswichAn artists' impression of the new station entrance at Ipswich

The forecourt work is expected to cost about £850,000 and is a joint project between Abellio Greater Anglia, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council.

That part of the station work is due to be completed in June next year, with the internal work due for completion in August.

A spokesman for Abellio Greater Anglia said: “There is a considerable amount of work to be done internally. The station will be completely changed and that will take time.

“However, we do expect to see the retail outlets open gradually as the parts of the station are completed.

“In the meantime newspapers are being sold at the Coffee Link outlet on the station and there will be a temporary Pumpkin kiosk on the station platform.”

5 comments

  • I find it interesting that the railway company albeit with the council can find money for this work but cannot provide disabled access to the London bound platform at Wymondham station. After all who spends time for shops etc at a station if all the trans run to time

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    jennifer jane

    Saturday, November 28, 2015

  • I suppose it's too much to hope that the plans include having more ticket desks (and the staff to run them)? It's totally unacceptable that you can turn up 20 minutes before you train is due to depart and still miss it because you haven't been able to get a ticket due to the long queue.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • I commute into Ipswich on a daily basis, and I am so glad that they have decided that what we really need to make using the train desirable is a larger entrance hall, bigger shops and a prettier station building. Wrong! What we need is more trains and carriages. I am crammed onto a single carriage in the morning rush hour, when there are three carriages during the quieter periods (middle of the day and late in the evenings). I regularly suffer hour-long waits at Ipswich when they decide that they are short of rolling stock so cannot run my scheduled rush hour service, and poor old Felixstowe seems to have no trains at all, ever. Get a grip Abellio, and spend some money on the service the passengers pay for.......

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    sixfootaliw

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • While giving the station a nice makeover is a good idea and very welcome there seems little point is there is no actual train service to speak of. With the effective cancellation of weekend services next year I find little solace in a more comfortable area to complete my complaints form in. How about running some trains in the evenings and at weekends?

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    Jimbo

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

  • Why on earth are SCC and IBC putting taxpayers money into this ?? It's not needed, and seems to be just a plan by Abellio to get in more money by renting out more shop units. The money should be spent on improving the atrocious train service, perhaps between Ipswich and Felixstowe ? Or buying proper modern trains instead of half heartedly tarting up a few carriages which then can't go anywhere because train wheels are damaged by leaves !!

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    bettycoltrane

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

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