A NEW ticket office has been officially opened at Leyland station, bringing a phase of improvement work to completion.

Funded by Northern Rail, Lancashire County Council and the National Stations Improvement Programme, the ticket office is the result of an investment of £400,000.

Other recent work carried out includes five new waiting shelters, seating on platforms, installation of customer information screens on all platforms and CCTV cameras.

The latest project comes after the announcement of Access For All work, which will create access to the central platforms for wheelchair-users and those with limited mobility.

Councillor Margaret Smith, South Ribble Borough Council leader, said: “The need to improve Leyland station has been a priority for a long time, so I am really pleased the new ticket office is up and running.

“There is still some way to go before all of the improvements are completed, but following the good news that the station will receive £3.5m under the Access For All scheme, I’m confident the station will soon be fit for purpose.”

Ian Joslin, from Network Rail, said: “We continue to work with all our partners to improve the railway to meet the demands of the increasing number of passengers who choose to travel by train every day.”