Station works near completion

LANDSCAPING improvements in front of Skegness Railway Station are due for completion before the end of the year.

Work began in spring with the demolition of dilapidated old station buildings and the creation of a plaza which when finished will include a seaside theme of sculptures including the Jolly Fisherman, dunes a sandcastle and a ‘welcome’ arch.

The £720,000 project has been funded with a combination of European Regional Development Fund grants and investment from Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and Lincolnshire County Council.

Public transport strategy and development manager at LCC Anita Ruffle said: “We do hope local residents and visitors to the town enjoy seeing the sculptures that have been created.

“Although beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, I’m sure many people will feel there’s been a great improvement.

“Reviving Skegness station interchange will encourage people to leave their cars at home and see how easy it is to use alternative modes of transport, as well as displaying a genuinely warm welcome to people visiting the town on their holidays too.”

Skegness Civic Society had campaigned to save the historic Stationmaster’s House located at the site to preserve what little heritage the town has to be proud of.

Society member John Byford was saddened to see it go for good and hopes the site will be well looked after once the work is completed.

He said: “I’m sure it will be welcoming for visitors but what worries me is that there’s been a serious lack of maintenance at that station for years, so let’s hope they have a decent maintenance programme in place so that it doesn’t become an eyesore.”