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Slough train station upgrade to start

How Slough station will look after the work
Image caption New lifts and a footbridge will provide improved wheelchair access to all the platforms

Major improvements to Slough's railway station are due to begin in early August.

The improvements to the Grade II listed station will include a new station forecourt, footbridge and lifts to all platforms.

There will also be improvements to the waiting area and station building.

The £2.5m upgrade is aimed at giving disabled people better access in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Work on the forecourt, due to be completed in January 2012, will be delivered by Slough Borough Council as part of the £450m Heart of Slough regeneration project.

'Stimulate economy'

It will include a new taxi rank and passenger drop-off section and a pedestrian friendly environment for people using the station.

Network Rail will provide the new footbridge and lifts.

First Great Western will be making improvements to the station building including a new ticket office, toilets and staff accommodation.

The whole project is due to be completed in early summer 2012.

Amanda Hoyland, of Network Rail, said: "The improvements we're making to the station will make life easier for everyone to use the train, especially those with reduced mobility or with small children, and is part of a wider effort to stimulate the local economy through better transport links.

"With Olympic and Paralympic athletes and spectators travelling to Eton Dorney in huge numbers next summer, it's right that we make sure Slough station has the facilities it deserves."

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