Bridlington station has seen the installation of a new temporary footbridge structure on Monday afternoon, affording passengers with an accessible connection whilst upgrade works are conducted.
The station works are coming as part of the Access for All scheme from Network Rail, with the infrastructure owner delivering a £4.6m investment to upgrade the station to accommodate people with reduced mobility, pushchairs, bikes or heavy luggage to move between Platform 4 and Platforms 5 and 6.
Throughout this package of upgrade works, lifts will be introduced to the station for the first time ever, accompanied with a spruced-up footbridge with strengthening measures implemented to keep it at the heart of the station for generations to come.
Further funding is also being invested to conduct vital refurbishment works to the station’s roof and canopies, accompanied by adding tactile pavings along the edge of the platforms, which will assist visually impaired passengers travel throughout the network with autonomy.
The current temporary footbridge took just one week to erect, rapidly transforming the station to keep passenger flow during these renovations. Passengers who require assistance should speak with station staff and use this level crossing as usual until the implementation of new lifts, which open in the Summer of 2023.
Anna Weeks, Principal Programme Sponsor for Network Rail said:
“We’re working hard to bring lifts to Bridlington station for the first time ever, and crucially make it easier for everybody to catch the train to or from the coast with confidence.
“Opening the temporary bridge marks a real milestone for the project and will allow passengers to continue to use the station seamlessly while work picks up pace on the brand-new lifts.
“We’re working with our partners at Northern to really transform other areas of the station to offer better, more modern facilities for passengers.”
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