RAIL station car parks and platforms across East Anglia have been upgraded.

Greater Anglia has invested more than £1million this year in keeping station car parks, approach roads, pedestrian crossings, bus lanes and platform surfaces in good condition.

The work at 53 stations has included filling potholes, levelling surfaces, relaying tarmac, re-lining and marking car parks, refurbishing platforms and platform edging stones, putting up fences and erecting anti-vandal measures.

Stations that have benefitted include Braintree, Billericay, Burnham, Chappel and Wakes Colne, Colchester, Colchester Town, Dovercourt, Frinton, Harwich, Kelvedon and Witham.

The additional investment comes as the train operator sees £60 million spent on stations during the course of its franchise and £1.4 billion spent on introducing a brand new fleet of trains across the network.

Greater Anglia’s asset management director Simone Bailey said: “Revenue from our car parks goes back into improving and upgrading our station infrastructure, car parks and facilities to ensure that our customers have a safe and pleasant experience when travelling with us.”

Recent work has seen Shenfield station car park significantly extended and extensions progressing at Manningtree and Bury St Edmunds.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition and easier ways to pay have been introduced at 20 stations, and improvements to surfaces, lighting and CCTV at station car parks across the network.