22nd February 2019
Work is due to start next month at Tring station on a £4.5 million project to install new lifts, ramps and a footbridge to ensure step-free access across all five platforms for the first time. The upgrade will begin on March 4th and is due to be complete for London Northwestern Railway to use in the Autumn.
Tring is located in Hertfordshire on the busy West Coast Main Line and has important communter links to London, Birmingham and Crewe. Investment for the project has come directly from the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, which was launched in 2006 to improve accessibility at railway stations nationwide.
Those local to the area are invited to a drop-in session to see the plans and meet those behind the project. This will take place at Pendley Manor Hotel, Cow Lane, Tring on Wednesday 27 February, between 6 and 7.30pm.
Harpreet Singh Moore, Network Rail scheme project manager, said: “The accessibility improvements form part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. Network Rail will unlock the railway network for many people in and around Tring, allowing them easy access to travel that was previously not possible.
“We are working closely with the station operator, London Northwestern Railway, to ensure our work brings as little disruption as possible to neighbours and passengers.”
Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “We are determined to improve access to our rail network and our ongoing Access for All programme has provided step free, accessible routes at more than 200 stations.
“There is however, more to be done and through our Inclusive Transport Strategy we have committed a further £300m to extend the programme until at least 2024.”
Richard Brooks, London Northwestern Railway’s customer experience director, said: “Improving accessibility at Tring is a key part of our plans for local rail users as we continue to respond to the popularity of rail travel across the region.
“We have ordered new trains, which will give us capacity to take 10,000 extra passengers in and out of London each day by 2021.
“Everyone is welcome to travel with us and we are constantly looking at ways to make it easier and simpler for passengers to use our services.”
Author: Darren Porter
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