Bexley station is set to benefit from an accessibility boosting package of installation works that will see the delivery of a new footbridge and lifts, creating step-free access for the station’s platforms.
Funding for this project has come through the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ scheme, which aims to address the everyday issues faced by less abled passengers throughout the rail sector.
Beginning this past February, with current projections aiming for completion by late spring 2024, Network Rail will work closely with contractors BAM Nuttall to install two 16-person capacity lifts, located behind the existing subway. These will offer autonomous travel for passengers with impaired mobility or to those travelling with luggage, young children or cycles.
To accommodate the installation of these lifts, Platform one will be widened, thus creating the necessary space, whilst allowing passengers to navigate throughout the station with ease. The new footbridge will also aid passengers who need to cross from one side of the platform to another.
Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s Kent route director, said:
“We’re delighted to have started work on the new ‘Access for All’ scheme at Bexley station, providing step-free access to both platforms and to give passengers even more journey opportunities.
“We would like to thank passengers and local residents for their patience and understanding whilst we carry out the work.”
To ensure the construction works can be conducted safely, there will be a necessary closure of parking spaces in the station car park, which will to facilitate the site compound and working areas throughout the process. Bexley station itself, however, will remain open for passengers throughout the entirety of this project, seeing no adverse effects to rail services.
David Wornham, passenger services director for Southeastern, said:
“We’re always trying to do more for our customers, and with this funding from the Department for Transport, Network Rail will be able to significantly improve access around the station as well as measures to make our customers and colleagues safer.”
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