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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 3 (June 1, 1940)

Fine, New Station Building

Fine, New Station Building.

New works, other than those directly called for to facilitate our war effort, have been reduced to a minimum on
The Imposing frontage of the new Leamington Spa Station.

The Imposing frontage of the new Leamington Spa Station.

the Home railways. Certain useful schemes have, however, been proceeded with, such, for instance, as the provision of automatic train control over some 2,852 miles of track on the Great Western line; reconstruction on the London Passenger Transport Board's lines, enabling Bakerloo trains to be projected over the Metropolitan Railway to Stanmore, and giving accommodation for longer trains on the Bakerloo by the lengthening of station platforms. One interesting work recently completed on the Great Western consists of the demolition of the old passenger station buildings and platform coverings at Leamington Spa, erected as long ago as 1853, and the erection of new buildings in keeping with the character of this popular inland resort. Features of the scheme included a new subway, fifteen feet wide, between the Up and Down platforms, with electric lift services for luggage, the lowering of the original high level approach road to sul way level, the provision of new approaches to the loading docks (one by means of a reinforced concrete horseramp) and increased covered platform areas. The new station forecourt or main approach has an area of three-quarters of an acre with ample car-parking page 26 accommodation, and there is direct access from the forecourt to the parcels office, cloak room, cycle store and refreshment room cellar. The booking-hall, immediately inside the main entrance, leads directly to the steps to the Down platform and the new subway to the Up side. The walls of the booking-hall are lined with tiling above a polished granite plinth. This plinth is a notable feature of the new station. It has been used extensively on the front elevation of the main building, and also at platform level on the whole of the building work on both platforms.