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16.10.12

Humps to improve access in Cumbria

More access humps are being installed at stations on the Cumbria coast, to improve access for all passengers.

Network Rail is installing humps at both platforms at the Seascale station, the Carlisle platform at St Bees and the Barrow platform at Dalton station, with work to be finished by the end of October.

The humps will help passengers get on trains where the platforms are too low, by raising a small section of the platform up to the disabled access doors on trains. Special measures are put in place to ensure the train stops at the right position.

Stuart Middleton, Network Rail’s general manager for Lancashire & Cumbria said: “The easier access areas were developed directly from Cumbria’s pioneering scheme at Harrington station. They have been introduced at numerous stations in England and Wales and we hope they will be equally well received at the latest stations.”

County councillor Tim Knowles, cabinet member for transport, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the success of the original humps in our own county has given the opportunity for other stations in Cumbria to be more accessible. It’s important our stations are as inclusive as possible and I fully welcome these new developments.”

Lee Wasnidge, area director for Northern Rail, said: “Making our stations more accessible is an important way of opening up the possibilities of rail travel to more people.

“This project will see accessibility improved across three of our stations in the region. We’re looking forward to hearing what our customers think.”

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