New information screens, via Northern

Northern’s new screens to improve visually impaired passenger accessibility

Passengers traversing through the Northern network will now benefit from improved customer information accessibility, thanks to the current installation of 230 new and improved display screens across 93 stations.

The new screens incorporate white LEDs which have improved visibility from a further distance, accompanied with an enhanced colour contrast that affords passengers with visual impairments the ability to view information clearly.

Full colour screening will be installed at a variety of Northern’s larger stations, including the likes of Bolton, Bradford Interchange and Sunderland. This will accompany 175 new speakers for public announcements.

The screens will display information outlining live departure and cancellation updates, as well as safety messages, such as ‘short platform’ guidance.

The installation process of the screens is in full swing, seeing works underway on the Calder Valley, Esk Valley and Tees Valley lines, plus stations in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. The current plans for this initial phase are to culminate in the Summer of 2023.

Mark Powles, commercial and customer director at Northern, said:

“We are investing £14 million over the next five years to bring better and clearer information to our customers. Our new screens are more accessible and will make journeys easier for everyone.”

The stations that have had new screens installed are: Adlington (Lancashire), Atherton, Bare Lane, Battersby, Bempton, Blackrod, Bolton, Brighouse, Bromley Cross, Castleton (Greater Manchester), Castleton Moor, Chinley, Church & Oswaldtwistle, Commondale, Daisy Hill, Danby, Darwen, Denby Dale, Earlestown, Edale, Egton, Entwistle, Farnworth, Glaisdale, Great Ayton, Grosmont, Gypsy Lane, Hag Fold, Halifax, Hapton, Hathersage, Hattersley, Hindley, Hope (Derbyshire), Ince, Irlam, James Cook University Hospital, Langho, Lealholm, Leyland, Littleborough, Longbeck, Marske, Marton, Micklefield, Millom, Mytholmroyd, Nunthorpe, Padgate, Prestbury, Ramsgreave & Wilpshire, Redcar Central, Redcar East, Riding Mill, Saltburn, Sleights, Smithy Bridge, Stocksfield, Swinton (Greater Manchester), Todmorden, Ulleskelf, Walkden, Westhoughton, Wetheral, Whalley, Wylam.

New screens are set to be installed at Adwick, Askam, Aspatria, Bamford, Bolton-on-Dearne, Bramley (West Yorkshire), Clitheroe, Conisbrough, Cross Gates (Yorks), East Garforth, Elsecar, Euxton Balshaw Lane, Flowery Field, Garforth, Grindleford, Hall I' th' Wood, Hartlepool, Hatfield & Stainforth, Hebden Bridge, Kirk Sandall, Lostock, Mexborough, Mills Hill, Moston, South Bank, Sunderland, Thorne South, Walsden, Whitby, Wombwell, Woodhouse.

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