Finsbury Park railway station has received a major accessibility transformation through the installation of two new lifts to serve platforms 3/4 and 7/8.
This accessibility boosting project has been delivered by Network Rail, seeing engineers working on the site since the summer of 2021. Coming as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All scheme, the works were conducted in partnership with Govia Thameslink Railway and Transport for London.
Rail Minister Huw Merriman said:
“Passengers deserve an inclusive, accessible railway and it’s great to see these essential upgrades have been completed under the department’s Access for All programme.
“The improvements at Finsbury Park are testament to our ambition of ensuring everyone has equal access to our transport network.”
As a result of the successful project completion, the entire station now incorporates fully step free access, affording less abled passengers with full autonomy of travel as they utilise the station. These improvements will also benefit passengers with pushchairs, copious amount of luggage and bikes.
Luke Durston, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said:
“Finsbury Park is a key location on the Northern City Line and a strategic interchange for services across London.
"Knowing that passengers will now be able to enjoy step-free access across the whole station is brilliant and will allow more people to enjoy travelling by train."
Accompanying the lift installation are key upgrades to the station’s CCTV, lighting and signage, seeing tactile paving introduced and the gate line being moved from Platform 3/4 to the entrance in Station Place.
Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director for Great Northern and Thameslink, said:
“We’re constantly striving to remove barriers to make our services easier for everyone to use, so we’re delighted for our passengers that Finsbury Park is now step-free between every platform and the street. We’ve also recently completed some safety improvements with new non-slip stair and subway surfaces that complement the major access scheme.
"These new lifts and other station enhancements will improve journeys for many thousands of people.”
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