SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) is planning to invest £90 million to improve station facilities.

The company is announcing its investment plans to mark the UK’s first National Stations Day on Monday.

The station enhancements will see new ticket barriers fitted at over a dozen stations to improve safety and reduce anti-social behaviour, as well as 280 new benches to make stations more comfortable.

Pokesdown station will be made "more accessible" after calls for lifts were made.

There will also be improved Wi-Fi coverage across all of SWR's stations, along with an extra 1,500 car parking spaces, refurbished waiting rooms and toilets, new LED lighting, and improved platform customer information screens.

Andy Mellors, SWR’s managing director, said: “Our customers sit at the heart of everything that we do, and we are committed to improving their experience of travelling with us. As part of this we are investing £90 million to improve station facilities across our network.

“South Western Railway’s station improvement programme has already delivered accessibility and customer information improvements at many stations.”

National Stations Day is an initiative from the Rail Delivery Group.