21/06/2014

King's Lynn railway station refurbishment completed

First Capital Connect's £2 million heritage refurbishment of King's Lynn railway station has been completed, below is FCC's official press release...

King's Lynn station 1 (c) First Capital Connect Press
photo © First Capital Connect Press Office.

First Capital Connect (FCC) has transformed King’s Lynn station with a £2million heritage-style refurbishment to take passengers back to the 1950s.

The project has been in keeping with the station’s Grade II heritage status with the installation of British Railways signs, Great Eastern Railway inspired benches and vintage-style lanterns as well as the station being painted royal blue and cream.

The station has also been modernised with the installation of automatic doors at the entrance to the booking hall to help people less able to walk and the introduction of LED lighting throughout the building and on the platforms.

Norfolk-based foundry East Coast Casting Co Ltd supplied 10 new heritage-style royal blue benches to fit in with the design of the station. East Coast Casting Co Ltd. has been operating in Norfolk since 1969, and employs around 30 people. The design of the benches as well as other aspects of the project from paint designs to lighting was assisted by local resident and rail enthusiast Richard Brown, who has restored the former royal station at Wolferton where he lives.

The project team have also worked closely with local community groups, including the Fen Line Users’ Association, to agree a colour scheme which dates back to the Victorian era when King’s Lynn served as a terminus for the Great Eastern Railway. The colour scheme of navy, cream and red reflects the livery of Great Eastern’s steam trains, while gold highlights will be used to indicate King’s Lynn’s role as a royal station. Station signs have been replaced with signs in the style of 1950s British Railway ‘totems’.

First Capital Connect Customer Service Director Keith Jipps said:

“The station refurbishment has been one of our biggest projects and we are delighted that the local community has played such a big part in it.

“This project originally supposed to be a simple rewiring of the station; however through extra funding we have been able to increase the scope and give King’s Lynn passengers and Norfolk a unique station they can be proud of.”