Retford Railway Station
Retford Railway Station Pedestrian Tunnel

Via’s rights of way and operations team delivered a scheme to redevelop a vital link between communities and key transport in Retford.

The existing tunnel had fallen into disrepair, becoming a hotspot for anti-social behaviour. It was often flooded with standing surface water and the poor lighting discouraged local communities from using it, adding significant time to local journeys.

The upgrade project featured a revamp of the subway to Ordsall including the installation of new LED lighting, improvements to the steps, a new surface for the tunnel footpath, repainting of the walls and new decorative panels.

It was part of a wider scheme to improve the station, with the multi-partner project is being funded through a £90,000 grant from LNER’s Customer and Community Investment Fund, in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and supported by North Notts and Lincs Community Rail Partnership (NNLCRP) and Retford Civic Society. In addition, funding of £25,000 has been provided by Nottinghamshire County Council to carry out the subway improvements.