Asbestos adds £1m to Didcot Parkway railway station revamp costs

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The cost of a railway station forecourt revamp has increased by £1.3m after the discovery of asbestos and fuel tanks.

The redevelopment of Didcot Parkway railway station forecourt is now expected to cost £8m.

Oxfordshire's cabinet member for transport, David Nimmo Smith, said councillors could not have anticipated the underground discovery.

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet approved an extra £1.74m funding at its meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Nimmo Smith said: "Asbestos has to be taken off to certified sites for disposal and those cause issues and cause delays."

Bus, cycle and taxi facilities, better drainage and a new piazza will be added as part of the redevelopment.

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