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07.06.13

Access for All designs drawn up

Bingley station in West Yorkshire and MetroCentre in Tyne and Wear are to benefit from upgrades as part of Network Rail’s Access for All programme.

Mott MacDonald is providing design services to BAM Nuttall for the projects. Bingley will see an extension to the existing footbridge, a new staircase and landing area. Metro will see civil, geotechnical, electrical, signalling, telecommunications and environmental engineering designs.

New 16-person lifts will be installed at both stations.

Stephen Leonard, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “Both these projects provide various challenges. At Bingley we have had to stage the structural works to allow the footbridge to remain open at all times.

“Meanwhile MetroCentre station’s interface with the shopping centre and footbridge has led to challenges with respect to funding, differing objectives and design changes due to the different owners of the station and shopping centre.

“We have delivered a number of other AfA schemes with BAM Nuttall, at stations including Elstree and Borehamwood.”

The Bingley and MetroCentre station upgrades are due to be completed by the second quarter of 2014.

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Mr George Jones   11/05/2015 at 12:45

Absolutely wonderful what IS being done to make railway stations accessible. Our own daughter is physically disabled and as a family we appreciate it when we are able to travel together. What really "bugs" me, is that our own local station; Mill Hill Broadway, north west London is totally INACCESSIBLE, and nobody appears to care, or want to do anything about it. Of course she is not the only one, 2.5 million passengers used this station last year, and many more would, could they access the first flight of stairs!!!

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