Brockenhurst Railway Station gets £4.6m refit

Connor Gardner with Arthur Pretorius from South West Trains, New Forest district councillor Maureen Holding and passenger Ros Brundrett wit hother station users.

Connor Gardner with Arthur Pretorius from South West Trains, New Forest district councillor Maureen Holding and passenger Ros Brundrett wit hother station users.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PASSENGERS at a Hampshire railway station will benefit from a £4.6m scheme that will improve access for those with limited mobility.

Brockenhurst station now has a new footbridge along with lifts, which will help people with limited mobility.

The work was carried out as part of the Government’s Access for All programme.

Opening the new facilities and unveiling a plaque was Connor Gardner, who is a 12-year-old from Honeypot House – South West Trains’ chosen charity of the year.

The organisation, based close to Brockenhurst station, offers respite care to children, many of whom spend time caring for a loved one.

In Connor’s case he has been looking after his mum Rhonda, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Connor was joined by Arthur Pretorius, customer service director for the rail firm, for the grand opening.

He said: “Honeypot plays a crucial role in the local community at Brockenhurst and as a station with a strong community feel; it is great that the charity could help us mark these improvements.”

South West Trains Network Rail Alliance also presented staff from Honeypot with a bike – the first of many that have been abandoned at railway stations and reconditioned so they can be put to use.

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