UK operator Network Rail has revealed plans to conduct surveys at Kidsgrove station after unmapped mine shafts halted work at the Staffordshire rail station.

The upgrades at the station started last year to improve accessibility for passengers with all mobility needs. The progress was halted due to poor ground conditions earlier this year.

The investigations will be carried out over the next six weeks to discover what lies beneath the station.

Network Rail sponsor Deborah Fairweather said: “We understand the frustration to station-users at Kidsgrove who were looking forward to these much-needed improvements as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

“We are working hard to restore this project and get it delivered, and these specialist surveys are the next step of that process.

“We are working closely with the station operator, East Midlands Railway, to ensure our work brings as little disruption as possible to passengers at the station.”

The project is a part of the UK Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme.

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Under this programme, new lifts will be built on either side of platforms 1-4. A new footbridge will also be constructed to link the platforms.

The station is operated by East Midland Railway.

East Midlands Railway customer services director Neil Grabham said: “Although the station will look different during these works there will be no changes to our services so our passengers can continue to travel with confidence and we look forward to the successful completion of the work.”