Restoration of historic Worksop station is on track

The refurbished passenger footbridge at Worksop station
The refurbished passenger footbridge at Worksop station

Restoration work at Worksop’s historic Grade II-listed railway station has been hailed.

Network Rail is midway through an authentic restoration of the station.

The footbridge was recently completed and now work is being carried out on the canopies, roofs and windows.

The new colour scheme was originally used by The Great Central Railway in England which came into being when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name in 1897 in anticipation of the opening in 1899 of its London extension.

Representatives of North Notts & Lincs Community Rail Partnership, Network Rail, Bassetlaw District Council, Worksop Business Forum, The Railway Café, Chesterfield Canal Trust, Friends of Worksop Station, and Bassetlaw (North Notts) Railway Society met at Worksop Station to review progress and discuss opportunities to further improve the station.

Rick Brand, of North Notts & Lincs Community Rail Partnership, said: “We are very grateful to Network Rail, and contractor CML, for carrying out these works so sympathetically.

“Worksop Station is a heritage resource providing a real service to people, every day.

“When Northern is able to introduce its new services, planned for December, and their improved trains, from 2019, Worksop Station will provide an excellent service to travellers.”

The GCR was the first railway to be granted a coat of arms, on February 25, 1898. On January 1, 1923, the company was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway.

Councillor David Pidwell said: “The council’s conservation team advised Network Rail on the restoration of the station buildings and it’s fantastic so many organisations are working together to complete this important restoration.”