Rail (UK)

… AND THE UGLY: KINTORE

- Design · Inverness · Aberdeen · Kintore

It is fair to say that the qual­ity of new sta­tion de­sign has been highly vari­able in re­cent years.

A rare public con­sul­ta­tion was car­ried out to de­ter­mine which of three de­signs should be adopted for the new sta­tion at Kenilworth in War­wick­shire. More than 70% pre­ferred the tra­di­tional de­sign, which echoes the pre­vi­ous 1884 Gothic-style build­ing.

In con­trast, the the de­sign for the new sta­tion at Read­ing West has been com­pared to “leav­ing a ship­ping con­tainer on the pave­ment”. And the lift tow­ers at the new sta­tion at Kintore (between In­ver­ness and Aberdeen) have been crit­i­cised for their ug­li­ness.

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