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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
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