Work to start on Ipswich railway station forecourt

A temporary office has been placed at Ipswich railway station

A temporary office has been placed at Ipswich railway station - Credit: Archant

Work to remodel Ipswich railway station forecourt is scheduled to start next month, and is due to be completed during the summer.

The project aims to make life easier for pedestrians, buses and taxis reaching the station.

The forecourt project is costing in the region of £1million and is jointly funded by Suffolk County Council, Abellio Greater Anglia and Ipswich Borough Council.

The forecourt scheme will complement Abellio Greater Anglia’s project to redevelop the station building, which will allow for a more spacious layout and new, additional retail outlets in the booking hall, as well as waiting facilities and improved customer information.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble said: “The enhancement of Ipswich railway station forecourt, coupled with redevelopment of the station building, will provide a much-improved experience for rail passengers. It is important that the station is accessible and provides the best-possible first impression of Ipswich, so the town can present itself in the best-possible light to all who visit.

“I want to thank the public in advance for their patience while the work takes place. The new forecourt will make a positive and beneficial impact to all visitors to the railway station when it is completed.”

James Steward, area customer service manager for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council on the scheme to improve the station forecourt at Ipswich.

“This work, together with Abellio Greater Anglia’s ongoing station upgrade project, is set to transform facilities and improve access for rail passengers and station users, and provide a more modern, pleasant environment for everyone.”