A £350,000 upgrade of Grimsby and Cleethorpes stations will be completed this month. North East Lincolnshire Council and train operator First TransPenning Express have funded the works, which have included providing 53 cctv camera, electronic information displays (that have read "under test" for the past week), four interactive help points and a new waiting room. Work on the waiting room has been partly funded by the Railway Heritage Trust which has provided cash to restore the building's ceiling to maintain its original features. Martin Lear, principal transport officer at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "We believe the new facilities we have installed together with TransPennine Express will be a real benefit to passengers as they will make it easier than ever before for them to keep up to date with day to day services. The new digital technology help points in particular really are state-of-the-art and will be a great aid to people who want to find out more about the town in general such as useful numbers and even places of interest." Cllr Martin Vickers, cabinet member for environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "As an authority we have been very pleased to contribute to what has been a major improvement programme at both stations to boost services. This scheme is a clear example of the benefits which can be achieved when the private and public sectors work in partnership to deliver improvements for customers."
Vernon Barker, managing director of First TransPennine Express, said: "This large investment should make a real difference to people in this area. It has been fantastic to work with the council on this project and we are sure that passengers who use these stations will appreciate the new and updated facilities."