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Full steam ahead for station revamp

Work has begun on the installation of lifts at Acocks Green railway station as part of a £1.7 million improvement scheme.

Mark Sturgess of Network Rail, Coun Roger Horton and Terry Oliver of London Midland Acocks Green station
Mark Sturgess of Network Rail, Coun Roger Horton and Terry Oliver of London Midland Acocks Green station

Work has begun on the installation of lifts at Acocks Green railway station as part of a £1.7 million improvement scheme.

The lifts will be fitted to the platform and the car park at the busy station, with the work due to be completed this summer.

The station – which previously only had stairs to allow access to the platform from the street and booking hall – dates from the Edwardian-era and is the busiest rail station without step-free access in the West Midlands, with 388,592 passenger journeys in 2012/13.

The work is being delivered by Centro, the region’s transport authority and part-funded by the Department for Transport as part of the Access for All scheme.

Access for All is a Department for Transport strategy to improve the accessibility of the UK’s railway network.

Funding has been granted to improve infrastructure at stations to allow access for people including the disabled, parents with small children or people with heavy luggage.

The Department for Transport awarded £1 million of the total cost and the remainder is being funded by Centro.

Coun Roger Horton, Centro lead member for rail, said: “This scheme is fantastic news for passengers, it means it will be much easier for people to go by train from Acocks Green.

“A key feature is that we consulted with the local community about what we were doing and used that feedback to ensure the design of the new lift towers is in keeping with the rest of the building.”

The scheme involves installing lift access from the station booking office to the car park and platforms via a new footbridge spanning the tracks.

The station, which has a free 132-space park and ride facility, is a key stop on the Birmingham Snow Hill to Leamington Spa line and a commuter route which also serves Solihull.

Mark Sturgess, Infrastructure Maintenance Delivery Manager for Network Rail, added: “These vital improvements to Acocks Green station will make life easier for everyone to use the train, especially those with heavy luggage or reduced mobility.

“The new facilities at the station will play an important role in helping us to manage the individual needs of the increasing numbers of passengers who travel on the railway.”

 

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