Stoke-on-Trent platform 'too short' for Pendolino train

image captionNetwork Rail said the brick extension had been designed to match the look of the existing platform

Network Rail has applied to extend a platform at a listed Staffordshire railway station to cope with planned longer tilting trains.

The government plans to provide 35 Pendolino trains on the West Coast Main Line route with 11 carriages per train.

The longest Pendolino trains currently in use along the Stafford to Manchester route are nine cars long.

Network Rail said platform two at Stoke-on-Trent railway station has to be extended by 16m (52ft).

The station has grade II listed building status and was built in the late 1840s in an Elizabethan and Jacobean style.

English Heritage said it had no objections to Network Rail extending the platform, which was last extended in 2009.

Network Rail said it would extend the platform using red bricks to match the existing brickwork and preserve the historic look of the station.

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