Passengers can now benefit from improved accessibility at Patchway railway station in Station Road, Little Stoke [map] after two lifts were installed and commissioned.
Alongside a new stepped footbridge, the new lifts will help connect platforms one and two and provide step-free access for the elderly, people carrying luggage or with limited mobility, and pushchairs.
The lift installation is the latest in a series of improvements to stations across the West following electrification of the railway.
Samantha Patterson, Network Rail sponsor, said:
“We’re pleased that passengers using Patchway Station will now benefit from the station being fully accessible with the introduction of two new lifts to both platforms.
“It has been a challenging yet rewarding project that we hope will serve the local community well for years to come.”
Danny Matthews, Great Western Railway’s Patchway Station manager, said:
“We’re committed to supporting projects which help to improve accessibility at stations and we’re delighted these lifts are now open and available for use by our customers.”
Councillor Steve Reade, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and strategic infrastructure, said:
“I am delighted to see that the new lifts installed at Patchway Station are now open for people to use.”
“The lifts were installed as part of the electrification project, as the original footbridge had to be replaced, and provides an accessible route between the platforms. They will help encourage sustainable travel and it is anticipated that they will be well used by employees of local businesses such as Rolls-Royce and local residents travelling from the station.”
- Station facilities for Patchway (NRE)
- Patchway Train Station (GWR)
- Patchway railway station (Wikipdeia)
This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 14). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.