Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
The long-awaited new waiting room and toilets on Platform 1 at Market Harborough finally opened, without ceremony, on Friday 22nd July. There have been various delays in the construction process, but the new building looks very smart and adds a splash of colour to our rather monochrome station. Along with the new building are modifications to the top end of the ramp from the booking office to the platform, to bring it into compliance with the relevant regulations. The area left by the demolition of the previous 1970s building has also been tidied up, with a degree of landscaping. We wonder, however, just how much weather protection will really be provided by the small canopy erected over the entrance to the Victorian ramp.
Open at last: the new building on Platform 1 accommodating toilets and waiting room. It is much to be welcomed, being greatly superior both to the previous temporary arrangements and to the now demolished 1970s building it replaces. The image below shows the interior of the new waiting room.
All photos: Steve Jones
Ramp revamped: the modified entrance to the ramp linking Platform 1 with the booking office. We wait and see just how much weather protection is actually provided by the rather stark bit of canopy over the entrance to the Victorian structure behind it!
We now await the plans for the forecourt once the temporary toilet cabin has been removed. There is a severe need for more short-stay car parking in this admittedly rather limited space.
Waiting to go: the temporary toilet cabin in the station forecourt at Market Harborough has now been superseded by the new permanent structure on Platform 1. Its removal will restore some space to the forecourt and we await plans for this.
Photo: Steve Jones