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Shotton Railway Station’s £1m revamp celebrated

COMMUNITY leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of Shotton train station’s £1m upgrade.

Former Alyn and Deeside AM Lord Barry Jones was on hand to officially open the revamped station, following its extensive 18-month series of improvements.

New facilities include passenger waiting shelters, bicycle storage, automated ticket vending machines and a platform canopy, while improvements have been made to the footpaths between the high and low stations and the ticket office has been given a much-needed makeover.

Cllr Tony Sharps, deputy leader of Flintshire County Council and chairman of regional transport consortium Taith, said: “I would like to thank Lord Barry Jones for taking time out of his busy schedule to open the refurbished ticket office.

“Lord Jones represented the Alyn and Deeside area as an MP for more than 30 years and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of residents.

“He is respected locally and beyond and we are proud to have asked him to carry out this official opening.

“As chairman of Taith, I am proud to have secured this funding for the improvements for Shotton Station.

“The improvements will mean a better travelling experience for the commuter and place Shotton on the map as a safe and convenient place to travel from and to.”

The official opening also saw the launch of a new PlusBus ticket, which passengers can buy at a discounted price with their rail ticket at the station and get unlimited bus travel in the Deeside area.

A new ‘Travel to Shotton’ information leaflet has also been published to promote the scheme.

Other improvements surrounding the station include improved bus stop markings, new signs to the station and a new electronic information screen on the High Street, giving both bus and rail information.