Drone footage shows extent of March Railway Station regeneration
With the newly developed March Railway Station now officially open, a stunning new drone video has captured the full extent of the improvements made.
From the concept drawings to the finished redevelopment, the video showcases the scale of works undertaken to transform the Platform 1 building and enhance cycle and car parking at the station.
The video, created by Aerial Cam, was commissioned by Fenland District Council, which delivered the station refurbishments through its Railway Station Masterplans project, in partnership with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and station owners, Greater Anglia.
The regeneration initiative is delivering improvements to passenger facilities at the three Fenland stations - Manea, March and Whittlesea - along the Ely to Peterborough Hereward Line, with £9.5million of funding from the Combined Authority and support from the Hereward Community Rail Partnership.
The first drone flight at March station took place in October 2021 and shows the whole area excavated for the improved bike and car park. The final flight took place in April 2022, with footage showing the substantial improvements to the Platform 1 building, newly formed entrance, and clearly marked disabled parking bays and car spaces.
Cllr Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council's Cabinet Member for Transport and Chairman of the Fenland Stations Regeneration Project Board, said: "The completion of the wonderful new facilities at March station is a proud achievement. We listened to what passengers wanted and upgraded a much-loved historic station to provide them with the facilities required for modern day railway journeys.
"The drone video offers a unique perspective on the redevelopment as it unfolded, capturing everything from the concept drawings following public consultation on the preferred station layout to the completion of the works.
"The improvements are just one element of the Council's Fenland Railway Station Masterplans which is all about making our stations more welcoming for visitors and commuters and creating an attractive alternative to the car for more sustainable journeys."
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia Asset Management Director, said: "You can really see the brilliant transformation of March station in this drone video. It showcases the vast improvement in facilities which customers using the station can now enjoy."
Article date: May 2022