Surrey Central will become seventh SkyTrain station to receive major upgrade

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      Today, federal, provincial, and municipal politicians joined TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond to announce a $25-million expenditure at a busy Surrey SkyTrain station.

      The plan calls for three new escalators, a new elevator, a new staircase, and better lighting at Surrey Central, which serves Surrey City Hall, SFU's Surrey Campus, and a Bing Thom–designed Surrey library branch.

      It's one of seven SkyTrain stations that have received or are receiving upgrades.

      The others are Commercial–Broadway Station, Metrotown Station, Joyce–Collingwood Station, New Westminster Station, Scott Road Station, and Main Street–Science World Station.

      “With ridership up 4.5 percent in 2016, it’s clear demand for transit is continuing to grow as the population grows," Desmond said in a news release. "Investments like the renovations at Surrey Central Station and at the six other stations along the Expo line are essential to help us keep customers moving smoothly and create a vibrant, welcoming hub that’s part of the surrounding community.”

      The federal government contributed $3.2 million and the B.C. government added another $6.9 million, with TransLink covering the rest of the $25-million tab. 

      The exterior of Surrey Central Station.