Over the Easter weekend, Saturday, 16th to Monday, 18th April, a number of upgrades were made at Hull Paragon station that will improve the reliability of train services and make the station more accessible for passengers.
During the weekend, Network Rail workers removed and replaced more than 500 yards of rail, sleepers, and ballast from the tracks at Platforms 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Along Platforms 2 to 7, tactile pavings were installed to make the station more accessible.
The pavings have a textured surface, which helps visually impaired passengers know when they’re close to the platform edge, and helps more people to travel by train safely and independently.
The £1.3m scheme will make it easier for trains to use the station, which is managed by TransPennine Express, and provide smoother, more reliable journeys for passengers in East Yorkshire.
The station is operated by TransPennine Express, whilst Northern Trains, Hull Trains, and London North Eastern Railway also provide train services. Whilst the work was taking place, rail-replacement bus services substituted for trains between Hull and Doncaster, Selby, Goole, Beverley, and Brough.
Matt Rice, North & East Route Director for Network Rail, said: “We’ve made some important changes which will make a huge difference for passengers. People travelling to or from Hull station can now expect more reliable, on-time journeys.
“The new, tactile pavings make the station safer for everybody and will significantly help visually impaired passengers to travel by train independently.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience over the bank holiday weekend and I hope that these improvements will encourage more people to travel by train.”
Kathryn O’Brien Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express, said: “I want to thank customers for their patience while we worked closely with Network Rail to make sure these important works could take place.
“These improvements are great news for those that use our services and the tactile paving will make the station even more accessible for all.”