THE NEXT phase of the redevelopment of Longbridge Railway Station begins today, writes Eve Watson.
The revamp will see the old booking office replaced with a new fully-accessible ticket counter.
The improvements also include a new accessible toilet, improved ventilation in the booking office, re-plastering and a new floor throughout the station building.
The ticket office will be closed between today and March 31 while the work is being carried out.
Passengers will still need to buy a valid ticket when travelling to and from Longbridge.
Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, said: “The next phase of work at Longbridge is going to impact the ticket purchasing facilities available at the station, so we are advising passengers to plan in advance for these changes.
“Tickets can be purchased online through our website or app, or from the conductor on the train if there are no other options.”
Harpreet Singh Moore, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said: “The improvement work at Longbridge station is part of our National Stations Improvement Programme to transform the facilities at stations across the network.
“This investment will significantly enhance the experience for passengers.
“Once complete, we hope station-users will be pleased with the difference.”
Network Rail is working closely with West Midlands Railway to ensure the station is open throughout the station redevelopment work and train services will run as usual.