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Elements of the station are in 'a poor state of repair', according to Network Rail. Credit: Place North West

Improvement work planned at Chester station 

Network Rail has lodged an application for a raft of upgrades at the city’s grade two-listed train station. 

Some parts of Chester Railway Station are in a “poor state of repair and require an immediate scheme of improvements”, according to a planning statement prepared by Network Rail. 

The project comprises several different elements designed to modernise the station and improve the user experience. 

These include: 

  • Installation of a changing places facility 
  • Increasing the amount of seating 
  • Installation of new ticket machines 
  • Creation of a new customer information and ticket desk 
  • Refurbishment of platforms 4 to 7 consisting of accessible male and female toilets. 

“The existing Railway Station has received a significant scheme of improvements within the last 15 years, however some of these works require improvement or replacement in order to serve the modern operational use of the railway station,” according to Network Rail. 

To learn more about the plans, search for application reference number 22/04476/LBC on Chesire West and Chester Council’s planning portal. 

In 2020, Cheshire West & Chester Council agreed to progress plans for Chester City Gateway, a project to regenerate the railway station and surrounding area. 

In partnership with LCR and Network Rail, design practice 5th Studio was appointed to draw up a masterplan for the scheme alongside Arup, CBRE and Faithful+Gould. 

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