The announcement of £3.5 million funding for Leyland Station has been welcomed.

The funding will enable the installation of a new footbridge and three lifts, providing access to all platforms for wheelchair users, people with prams and those with limited mobility.

The announcement comes just weeks after the completion of a new ticket office at the station and other recent improvements, such as new shelters and a CCTV system, carried out by South Ribble Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Network Rail and Northern Rail.

Councillor Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “This is absolutely wonderful news, and the most significant step on a journey we began in 2008 to make Leyland Station fit for the 21st Century.

“We’ve created productive working relationships with all interested parties in that time, bringing about a number of improvements to the station.”

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is the latest in a programme of continuing improvements to Leyland Station and, as part of the Central Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan, we are also working to ensure that the station becomes a key interchange with the rest of the public transport network.”

Whilst the Leyland Station work is at a relatively advanced design stage the exact schedule for the work to be carried out has not yet been established.