Each station in Welwyn Hatfield has been awarded £80,000 for improvements.

Grant Shapps MP secured the funding after last year’s chaos caused by the timetable changes from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

Welwyn Hatfield stations were some of the worst affected by the changes, which saw cancellations and delays plague rail users.

The money for the stations is in addition to the extra compensation that was made available to commuters at the end of last year.

Mr Shapps said: “This is great news for local rail users. Nothing can make up for the missed meetings, the diverted journeys and hours stuck on packed platforms, but this money will go toward real changes that will benefit passengers.

“This funding is a perfect opportunity for local people to tell the train company where this money would make the most difference and what would really improve their station.”

Mary Lowe of the Hatfield Association of Rail Travellers commented: “We are already beginning to think about our submission and will be liaising with councils, MPs etc.

“Groups will also be liaising across stations to look at possibly contributing a portion to items that can provide wider passenger benefit, especially around info at times of disruption e.g. improvements to apps etc.”

Alternatively, the Welham Green and Brookmans Park Rail User Group have suggested that the funding be used to improve individual issues such as step-free access and poor internet.

The money was allocated based on the additional industry compensation, something which was successfully fought for and won by Grant Shapps.

To have your say please visit the Passenger Benefit Fund website www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/ where you can submit your preferences for how you think the funding should be spent.