Bridgnorth’s 150-year-old railway station is to be given a £2 million revamp under new plans.
The Severn Valley Railway has announced ambitious proposals to expand the town’s station to cope with soaring visitor numbers.
Up to 250,000 people use the station each year while taking a trip along the 16-mile heritage line, which runs between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.
The changes are the first phase of a bigger overall project that is likely to take 10 years to complete.
The £2 million expansion and revamp will see another station building created including a self-service buffet, kitchen, shop, visitor information and exhibition area, toilets, and a dining area for staff and volunteers.
The project will also conserve the existing 1862 station building, including the restoration of the waiting room, an extension to the lounge bar of the The Railwayman’s Arms and offices and staff rooms.
SVR general manager Nick Ralls said: “The new station building and indeed all the development projects present a design challenge, in order to meet our ambition to present the new Bridgnorth in an agreeable style, and also to meet the requirements of Shropshire Council’s planning and conservation officers.
“The natural focus of the line’s development until now has been away from the town, southwards to Kidderminster, and to a large extent it’s true that Bridgnorth station hasn’t kept pace with the remarkable growth of the SVR within the leisure and tourism industry. Now we’ve set out our stall to realise the station’s enormous potential as an outstanding general visitor and enthusiast destination.”
In all, SVR chiefs have 11 proposed projects for Bridgnorth station over the next 10 years. It is expected to be financed mainly by a £4 million share appeal to be launched in September, and from grants.