Cosford railway station shut during £2.1m scheme work

Image of how one of the platforms will look (from Network Rail)
Image caption Network Rail has released an image of how one platform would look

A Shropshire railway station is due to close for more than four months while it is rebuilt in a £2.1m project.

Work at the Cosford station, which opened in 1937, is due to start on 31 October and end in mid March.

It will include adding two replacement platforms, fencing, shelters and staircases.

Network Rail said London Midland buses would go from the site to Albrighton railway station during the work.

'Large numbers'

Network Rail senior building surveyor Adam Checkley said: "In simple terms, the station has two wooden platforms and sections of it are constructed from original wooden sleepers.

"This could well mean that they are over 100 years old and they have done well to last this long, but with the increasingly large numbers of people visiting the Cosford Air Show, now is the time to replace them."

Trains will go through Cosford while the site is rebuilt, but the station will not be open.

The project involves Network Rail and contractor C Spencer Ltd.

Mr Checkley said: "We chose this time to do the work because we were conscious that it had to be completed in time for the air show next summer."

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