Apology over delay to £8.5m station upgrade

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TRANSPORT bosses have apologised over the almost year-long delay to the redevelopment of Rotherham Central railway station.

The station is undergoing an £8.5 million refurbishment – but the work, which started last July and was due to be completed by December 2010, will not be finished until autumn.

As part of the project, the station will be fitted with new lighting along with CCTV, a new waiting room, information screens, a ticket office and shop, while disabled access is also being upgraded.

Until the work is finished, passengers with mobility problems who want to travel south have to catch a train north to Meadowhall and change services there using the station’s disabled access.

After the redevelopment is complete, disabled passengers will be able to travel in both directions from Rotherham using a lift.

David Young, director of customer experience at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which is funding the improvements, said it had been difficult working while the station was still running.

“It’s taking longer than we want and for that I apologise,” he added.

Extra costs will be met by the contractors.