UK: TransPennine Express has applied for listed building consent for works which it plans to undertake as part of a £1·4m modernisation of Hull Paragon station.

The FirstGroup subsidiary said the changes would ‘transform’ the passenger experience, providing ‘modern and comfortable’ waiting facilities and toilets, a ‘more open and accessible’ booking office and new information screens. It is seeking expressions of interest in additional retail units, providing an opportunity to attract ‘new facilities and brands’ to the station.

TransPennine Express manages Hull Paragon station under its operating franchise which began on April 1. The station is also served by sister FirstGroup company Hull Trains, as well as Arriva’s Northern franchise. The upgrading work is planned to start early this summer for completion by the end of November, ready for when Hull is the UK City of Culture in 2017.

‘In 2017 Hull will welcome the world for a year-long celebration of culture and we have to ensure the station is ready to welcome the many visitors who will make journeys to Hull to experience different events over the course of next year’, said David Hatfield, Station Manager for North Humber & North Yorkshire, on May 9. ‘This investment will transform Hull station with an enhanced station environment, comfortable waiting facilities and a proper arrivals and departures board replacing the existing television monitors. By completing the work this year we will provide customers with a positive first and last impression of Hull, ensuring TransPennine Express does its part in helping to secure the legacy to Hull from the City of Culture events.’