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Famous foodie cuts ribbon at station opening

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, centre, gets some laughs as he opens Haddenham & Thame Parkway following its refurbishment

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, centre, gets some laughs as he opens Haddenham & Thame Parkway following its refurbishment

A famous foodie cut the ribbon on a railway station’s brand new building which is part of a major upgrade across the network.

Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc took some time out from his nearby restaurant Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to do the honours at the Haddenham & Thame Parkway, which now has a larger ticket office, a coffee shop and new toilets.

Chiltern Railways has also upgraded the cycle parking, car park lighting and created a motorcycle parking zone.

The station first opened in 1987 and in the last two years passenger numbers at the station have risen by 14%, prompting the £500,000 improvements.

Chiltern Railways managing director Rob Brighouse said: “The rebuild is transformational and a real milestone for the station.

“The work reinforces our commitment to investing in our stations and giving our passengers a high quality travel experience.”

 

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