Improvements to Leyland Railway Station have been heralded as a significant step forward for the town.

Network Rail said the new ticket office was expected to be completed in February.

It is hoped that the next stages of development will come to fruition with money from the Department of Transport’s Access for All programme.

The station has been nominated for the next round of funding by Network Rail and Northern Rail, with a decision expected by summer.

This funding would facilitate the installation of a new footbridge and a lift for wheelchair users, people with prams and those with limited mobility.

South Ribble council leader, Margaret Smith, who has campaigned for improvements to the station for many years, said the work was an essential part of making the station fit for the 21st Century.

She said: “The need to improve Leyland Railway Station has been a priority for us for a long time, so I am pleased that work to complete the new ticket office is on track to be finished next month.

“We’ve already seen the installation of new waiting shelters and real-time information boards as part of the wider project to upgrade the station, but there is still some way to go before all of the improvements are completed.

“I would like to thank Network Rail and Northern Rail for their continued support with the project and this latest development shows progress is being made.”