Transport Secretary Justine Greening came home to South Yorkshire to officially open the rebuilt Rotherham Central Station.
The Secretary of State for Transport, who grew up in the town, was at Rotherham Central Station on Thursday 5 July to unveil a plaque marking the opening of the £8.5 million station.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, working with the Department for Transport, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Network Rail and Northern, has carried out the redevelopment as part of the Rotherham Renaissance scheme. It delivers an attractive new gateway to the town.
The station features a distinctive new curving roof, there is new lighting, CCTV, a new waiting room, passenger information screens, a ticket office and retail kiosk.
Disabled access to the station, which has around half a million visitors each year, has also been improved with the introduction of a lift facility.
The station remained open during the works and the new facilities were opened to the public in February this year. Additional landscaping works are being carried out along the riverside down to Rotherham United’s New York Stadium, due to open in the next few weeks.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: "The rebuilding of Rotherham’s train station will deliver real benefits for passengers and the wider community. It will boost competitiveness, stimulate the local economy and showcase Rotherham as a vibrant town with many exciting opportunities for new businesses.”
Coun Gerald Smith, who represents Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council at the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, said: “These improved facilities and the new look of the station certainly provide a better first impression of Rotherham for train travellers. Coupled with projects like the new stadium, the station will give the town centre another boost and help continue the increase in visitors to Rotherham.”
David Young, SYPTE Director of Customer Experience, said: “We are delighted the Secretary of State has agreed to open the rebuilt station at Rotherham. It is certainly a vast improvement on what was there before and we are very pleased with the excellent feedback we have had from customers thus far.”
Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail, said: “Stations are very important gateways for the town’s they serve and we are pleased these works have completed. Passengers arriving at Rotherham will find the station more welcoming with improved facilities for all.”
Ian Bevan, Managing Director for Northern Rail, said: “This local community now has a station which they can feel proud to call their own. We’re delighted to support what has been achieved at Rotherham Central.”