Rail (UK)

High price for a sta­tion

- County Durham · City of Durham · Inverness · Workington · Ian Brown

So­ham sta­tion is be­ing built on a flat site with good ac­cess. It is to have one four-coach plat­form, 50 park­ing spa­ces, lights, a shel­ter and public ad­dress sys­tem. Pro­jected cost £18.6 mil­lion.

Hor­den Sta­tion in County Durham has been com­pleted for less than £9m with two four-coach plat­forms, a more com­pli­ant foot­bridge with stairs and ramps, and 100 park­ing spa­ces. Twice the sta­tion for half the price.

Other rail­way com­par­isons in­clude: Co­nan Bridge, near In­ver­ness - £600,000 for a sin­gle plat­form eight years ago; and the tem­po­rary Work­ing­ton North, with two plat­forms, a bridge with full dis­abled ramps and a car park, for £500,000.

Away from the rail­way, what might a road haulier pay for a load­ing ramp, or a house builder charge to bring a large bun­ga­low to ground floor level?

Ian Brown, Welling­bor­ough

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