Funding for new signs still available
Fears that funding earmarked for new signage in Berwick could be lost appear to be unfounded.
Virgin Trains East Coast had up to £20,000 to spend on improving pedestrian connections between Berwick railway station and the town centre.
Concerns had been aired that this could be lost after control of the east coast main line was handed from Virgin Trains East Coast to the Government-owned LNER.
However, Berwick Town Council clerk Gareth Davies revealed that the team working on the project at Virgin Trains East Coast has transferred to LNER.
A draft wayfinding and access study, funded by Berwick Town Council to kick-start the project, has been completed.
“They are optimistic that, provided this piece of work is delivered and consulted on appropriately, they will be able to meet the original promise,” said Mr Davies.
The draft will now be circulated to other stakeholders.
Me Davies said there is potential for phase two and phase three funding from Berwick’s Coastal Communities Team if its recent bid for revenue funding from the Government is accepted.
“The beauty of this piece of work is that even if only the railway company funding is approved it gives us a template which can then be worked on for other funding bids moving forward,” added Mr Davies.
The focus of the study has been on colours and materials, building heavily on the work that was done as part of the Silk and Tweed report a number of years ago.
It is hoped to refurbish the existing heritage signs and relocate or remove some other signage to improve the streetscape.