NORTHERN Rail has launched a survey to give customers their say on the 'modernisation' of stations across the north of England.

New facilities have been trialled at Adlington as part of the rail company's wider Better Stations programme, which aims to improve stations throughout the network.

When complete the programme hopes to see a combination of new or refurbished shelters and waiting rooms, refurbished toilets, new seating, new vending machines and improved security.

There will also be increased information and lighting as well as accessibility improvements installed at stations managed by Northern.

Sharon Keith, regional director, said: "We have a number of options in terms of the improvements we can make to our stations and we want to ensure we give our customers a voice and take their insight into account when we make final decisions.

"We have already started to roll out refurbished trains and the remainder of the fleet will go through this process during the next 18 months.

"We are also committed to bringing 98 new purpose built trains to our network by 2020, as well as removing all Pacers within the same timescale."

Pacer trains were brought in as a short-term solution to a shortage in rolling stock, but have a limited lifespan.

Other improvements on the Northern network include a new high-quality 'Northern Connect' service, which will serve the five major north commuter cities and other destinations including Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley.

The 'Northern Connect' service is expected to have new or refurbished trains in operation on longer distance services and faster journeys, as well as have stations staffed daily with catering services and free Wi-Fi at each station.

Ms Keith said: "So the message is clear, please get out to Adlington and let us know what you think. Whether it's good or bad we want to know."

To have your say on the new facilities visit Northern Rail's online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2NFQ8F5