Work starts to make Penrith Railway Station
"Accessible For All"
Passengers using Penrith Station in Cumbria
will find it a much easier experience
thanks to a £3.5m investment to make the station more accessible
Network Rail - in partnership with the Department for Transport -
has started work to build a new footbridge with lift access to both platforms at the station.
The work forms part of the Access for All Scheme,
a programme managed by Network Rail and funded by the Department for Transport,
to improve accessibility at train stations.
This includes installing lifts and ramps to make stations step-free and accessible to all passengers
including those with reduced mobility, children, heavy luggage or shopping.
Work started this month and is due to be completed this autumn
when passengers will be able to use the footbridge over the West Coast Main Line
and new lifts on platforms 1 and 2.
Penrith Station Platforms
Terry Strickland, Area Director at Network Rail, said:
“The Access for All project helps make using the railway even easier
for millions of people who travel by train every year.
It is fantastic to see this work starting on this project at Penrith Station.
“This work forms part of Network Rail's £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan
to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers”
Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border said:
"I am delighted that Network Rail is pressing ahead
with the first stage in our long-awaited campaign for a lift.
We really need a solution for people - from parents with prams, to the elderly -
or simply anyone with a heavy bag.
It's vital for residents, and visitors - and will really help support our economy."
Michelle Ragozzino, Virgin Trains Station Manager at Penrith, said:
“Virgin Trains welcomes the new footbridge.
We support Network Rail and the DfT in this project,
which is really exciting for Penrith station,
as it will enhance the experience for all of our customers.
We look forward to its completion later this year.”
Courtesy Network Rail Media Centre