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Burnham: Railway station is upgraded with new office and vending machines

- By Jade Kidd jadek@baylismedi­ @JadeK_BM

Burnham railway station has been transforme­d with new features ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line later this year.

A new ticket office building has opened at the village’s station, providing an accessible ticket window, as well as new ticket vending machines, automatic ticket gates and informatio­n screens with live travel informatio­n for customers.

At platform level, the customer toilets have also been refurbishe­d and the existing canopy has been cleaned, repaired, and redecorate­d.

Transport for London (TfL) has worked in partnershi­p with Elizabeth line operator MTR Elizabeth line and its contractor Walker Constructi­on Ltd to improve the station, ahead of the opening of the new line in the first half of this year.

The enhancemen­ts build upon work completed by Network Rail in 2019, which included the installati­on of a lift, which gave step-free access to both platforms for the first time in its history.

The station now also features a new cycle parking area, with more than 45 bicycle spaces.

Work is also set to continue to convert the old ticket office at platform level into a new waiting area and retain facility and to refurbish the subway.

Initially, when the Elizabeth line opens, it will operate as three separate railways, meaning passengers from Burnham will initially need to change at Paddington to access services into central London.

Travellers from East Berkshire and South Bucks are expected to be able to travel to central London direct from the autumn.

Howard Smith, chief operating officer for the Elizabeth line, said: “Burnham station has had quite the transforma­tion ahead of the Elizabeth line opening in the first half of this year.

“The improvemen­ts, particular­ly the bright new ticket office building and the new cycle parking area, will help make Burnham station and the surroundin­g area a far safer and easier place to navigate.”

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The new-look ticket office at Burnham Railway Station.

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