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Changing platforms for Suffolk station

PUBLISHED: 04:00 09 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A RAILWAY station on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line could be the subject of a major redevelopment scheme worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Improvements at Woodbridge railway station top the shopping list being drawn up in the town where residents have the enviable task of deciding how to spend more than £600,000.

A RAILWAY station on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line could be the subject of a major redevelopment scheme worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Improvements at Woodbridge railway station top the shopping list being drawn up in the town where residents have the enviable task of deciding how to spend more than £600,000.

Woodbridge and neighbouring Melton secured £250,000 of Government funding under the Market Town Initiative (MTI) scheme. But the total to be spent to enhance the town and village will exceed £600,000 after funding has been received from public and private sectors.

The final list of chosen projects will not be made public until further research has been undertaken to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the area.

But it was revealed that a decision had to be taken by the end of October on how to spend the first part of the grant and the railway station will definitely benefit. Railtrack has already handed over about £20,000 towards a scheme.

Nigel Barratt, chairman of the Woodbridge and Melton MTI Strategic Partnership, said the railway car park will be re-laid with extra spaces. A new entrance will be provided and a block of toilets will be built.

''The aspiration to open another entrance will allow us to bring in a bus and integrate buses and trains. We will have a proper drop-off point and we have been talking to First Counties bus company who have indicated that they would certainly look to extend the route 66 to come and stop at the entrance so we have a general interchange.

''I have to stress there is no intention of closing the Turban Centre bus station. We also want to put underground all the overhead services which will improve the visual environment, '' said Mr Barratt.

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