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Slough railway station upgrade officially opened

Slough's railway station has been officially opened following a £4.9m, nine-month upgrade.

Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Jeanette Chippington conducted the ceremony following a performance by Slough Music Service Choir.

The Grade II listed station has been revamped to include a new footbridge, lifts, information point, upgraded ticket hall, waiting room and toilets.

The forecourt has also been upgraded as part of a town regeneration scheme.

Olympic transport hub

Slough deputy council leader James Swindlehurst said: "Given that Slough railway station is a major transport hub for the Olympic rowing events at Eton Dorney, we hope the improvements to the station will offer an enhanced travelling experience to the thousands of spectators and athletes expected to visit the area."

In addition to the forecourt improvements, the £450m Heart of Slough regeneration scheme has also provided a new bus station, cultural centre and office developments.

The station work has been carried out by Network Rail and First Great Western.

Slough is one of 148 stations that received funding to provide better access as part of a £370m government scheme.

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