Abellio secures £500,000 in grants to restore historic East Anglian stations

GREATER Anglia (GA) has been awarded almost £500,000 by the Railway Heritage Trust (RHT) to assist restoration work at several stations across its network. 

The RHT signed off £498,250 in grants on April 23, the most it has confirmed in a single day,
all of which went to the Abellio-owned franchise. 

Among the beneficiaries was the former stationmaster’s house at Bury St Edmunds, which will be restored using an £192,000 grant.

Abellio continues to work with the Railway Heritage Trust to fund the restoration of historic stations across the country. Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, will receive almost £200,000 towards the restoration of the former stationmaster’s house. 

The money will be used to reinstate the original style roof, doors and windows of the Grade-II listed building next to the station. GA will also invest £400,000 in the building.  

Most recently a nightclub, it has been empty for around 20 years, slowly deteriorating because of the effects of the weather, pigeon infestation and vandalism, despite being restored in the 1980s, also with support from the RHT. 

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