The Winchester commuter rail station was abruptly closed Friday morning due to “deteriorating structural conditions,’' officials said.
The decision to close the station was made after recent inspections revealed that winter weather-related impacts have resulted in deteriorating conditions on the platform and other areas at the station, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail
“Out of an abundance of caution, the MBTA has closed the station until further notice,” Pesaturo said. “Customers are asked to consider nearby Wedgemere Station as an alternative.”
There weren’t many riders using the station before it was closed, Pesaturo said
“...no more than 30 people a day are boarding at the station,” Pesaturo said.
The MBTA station is on the Lowell Line and MassDOT spokeswoman Jacque Goddard tweeted that passengers should use the Wedgemere station on the Mystic Valley Parkway in Winchester as an alternative.
The MBTA is planning to renovate the station as part of an $8 billion capital investment plan to renovate stations, modernize fare collection systems, upgrade services for buses, subways, and ferries, and improve the accessibility of the entire system, the MBTA said on it’s website.
Winchester Center Station hasn’t had a major renovation since since the 1950′s and “is in various states of disrepair and does not meet current accessibility standards,” the MBTA said.
The project will include reconstructing access ramps and adding new elevators for better accessibility, upgrading canopies, signs, railings, and lighting for safety and security, and adding benches, bike racks, a public address system, and other amenities for comfort and convenience, the MBTA said.
Separately, the T posted a service alert about the Lowell line.
“Due to safety concerns, Winchester Center on the Lowell Line will be closed until further notice,’' the T alert stated. “Trains will not be stopping at the station. Passengers should consider Wedgemere as an alternative.”