A BOLTON-born woman is leading the regeneration of her home railway station.

Amy Clare worked her way up the ranks at Network Rail, the organisation which manages the country's railway infrastructure, and is now in charge of a £1m regeneration scheme at Bolton Station.

She first joined the company as a ‘Year in Industry' student, but has since taken on the project.

Ms Clare has brought multiple groups together for the the scheme, which is being completed alongside the Bolton Station Community Development Partnership and aims to make the station better for passengers and the wider community.

This will include the refurbishment of an underused Victorian building by platforms 4 and 5 which could soon be leased by the University of Bolton for use by its students, local community groups and businesses.

The building survived in the 1980s when much of the original station complex was demolished, but is now only partially utilized.

The wider station improvements, which are due to be completed this summer, include new seating, signage, station toilets, improved waiting rooms and pigeon netting.

This follows the completion of the Manchester to Preston electrification project earlier this year, which means that electrically-powered trains can now run on Bolton's railways, rather than the diesel stock that has always operated.

Ms Clare said she was pleased to be part of the project.

She said: “It’s great to see investment in my local station which is why I was keen to get involved in a project that will significantly benefit my community.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to transform Bolton station into a vibrant space to be enjoyed by community groups and students, as well as making the station more welcoming for passengers.”

She added: “The variety of roles and opportunities was the main reason I applied for the Network Rail placement.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time and the projects I’ve worked on and can definitely see myself continuing to work in the rail industry in future.”