New-look station will be completed by next summer
Work to create new entrances and a lift at Bath Spa railway station will be finished by next summer.
The facelift, which will also develop a new waiting room and booking hall interior, is largely being funded by SouthGate developer Multi and other firms involved in the nearby shopping centre.
But operator First Great Western is putting its own money into a new waiting room and toilet facilities.
The most contentious part of the plans has been the size of a new lift which would replace the ramp to the London-bound platform, which FGW has now enlarged.
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There will be:
● new entrances to the west and south of the station;
● new step-free access to both platforms;
● extra parking spaces for rail users in the shopping centre's own car park;
● a new pedestrian-only link between the rear and front of the station;
● better drop-off and pick-up points;
● new toilets;
● the restoration of a number of historic architectural features.
FGW said it had made the lift bigger to better accommodate cyclists and disabled customers.
Spokesman Dan Panes said: "Bath Spa station was built more than 160 years ago as a gateway to the city, and it has changed very little since then.
"This work is designed to bring the station into the 21st century, improving access and facilities while steadfastly maintaining its heritage and its reputation as one of the UK's most stunning stations."
He said the fact that there was only a single entrance and exit to the station meant it got very busy at peak times.
"We'll open up two additional entrances – one at the back of the station and one that takes the place of the former Upper Crust shop."