WORK has started on the £1.7million refurbishment of Longbridge Railway Station.
The upgrade which began yesterday is being delivered by Network Rail and funded by Birmingham City Council.
The funding is part of the £70million National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP) to transform stations across the country and work is due to be completed by the spring.
The front of the station will be enhanced, replacing glass throughout the building, replacing the roof covering and installing a new over sailing canopy.
Existing station rooms will be demolished to create a larger concourse area, complete with new flooring, new façade, automatic doors, ventilation system and a new accessible toilet and ticket counter.
Passengers using Longbridge Station are being urged to allow more time for their journeys, although the station will remain open throughout the revamp.
Mitzi Latham, Longbridge Station manager, said, “There’s been significant development around Longbridge town centre in recent years and we look forward to the investment now being made in the station.
“When complete, the newly refurbished concourse and entrance area will be more welcoming and will improve the overall experience for all our customers.”