BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — After several construction-related delays, the newly renovated Branford train station is now open to the public.
The station, located on Maple Avenue, hosted a special re-opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Friday with Governor Dannel Malloy, and other lawmakers. Governor Malloy said, “This project will attract business, grow jobs and help us move into the future. We know that congestion is a major issue and we know that our infrastructure has deteriorated over the last forty years. What we also know is that we are taking appropriate steps to rebuild that infrastructure that is why we are stepping up with projects like this one. A number of improvements were made to the station including a new platform along the north bound side of the trains of the station which compliment the existing southbound platform.”
The train station provides commuters with access to the Shore Line East commuter rail service. Some of the new features include:
- A pedestrian overpass
- North side platform
- Accessible ramps
The station will provide commuters with the same access to trains as riders in neighboring towns along the Connecticut shoreline. Gov. Malloy added, “Commuters will also have the convenience of an over pedestrian walkway which connects bot sides of the station. A state of the art train approach messaging system alerting passengers to the train and to step back from the yellow line.” The project hit a few a setbacks during the renovation process. Equipment problems and a retaining wall that needed work were just two of the delays that kept the station from reopening. It was supposed to open nearly two years ago.