New Easier Access Area




Passengers using Horton-in-Ribblesdale station on the Settle and Carlisle line

can now enjoy better access between the platform and the train

following the completion of a project to install an easier access area

on the southbound platform.



Photos courtesy Network Rail


The £5m project will provide easier access

on 80 platforms at 62 stations in England and Wales

and Horton-in-Ribblesdale is one of the first to see the benefit of this investment.


The project follows the pioneering work undertaken at Harrington and at Seascale in Cumbria.


The easier access areas are a modular system used

to raise the height of platforms,

which in the past have been too low for some passengers to use.


Dyan Crowther, Network Rail Route Managing Director explained:


“Passengers with mobility problems, pushchairs, wheelchairs and even lots of luggage

have struggled to use some stations on the rail network

because of the large gap between the platform and the train.


“The solution is simple, and cost effective.


Rather than an expensive platform rebuild, sections of platforms

are raised to the same height as the train door.


Importantly, the structure is also ramped making it ideal for anyone to use.”


Funding was provided by the Department for Transport's Access For All programme,

the design was drawn up in partnership with Northern Rail


and the scheme is supported by Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line


and will be delivered by Network Rail.



Rail Mnister, Norman Baker, said:


“Improvements like these make a real difference to those using the railways.

Opening up access at stations and providing easier access gives all passengers,

including those with disabilities and parents with young children,

greater access to employment and social opportunities”.

“And everyone feels the benefit of taking a train from stations with improved facilities and layout.”



Drew Haley, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern Rail, comments:


“We are delighted to work in partnership with Network Rail and other industry partners

to make improvements allowing passengers,

who have previously been unable to travel by train,

to use the rail network.”





Railways first came to Britain almost 200 years ago.

Different stations were built by different railway companies

and there was no uniformity in their design.


Consequently, the height of the platforms varied considerably

with low platforms being a particular problem at smaller rural stations.


This has left a legacy of stations for the modern-day railway

that simply cannot be used by the disabled, elderly, parents with children in buggies

and even those with heavy luggage.


The easier access area is a system for raising the height of platforms

to improve access between the platform and the train,

the structure can built to any length and is variable in height so it will suit any platform,

no matter how large the difference in height between the platform and the train.


The areas are ramped, making it ideal for anyone to use.




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