Warwick station’s multi-million-pound accessibility upgrades are set to begin, with Network Rail’s investment set to include the delivery of two new lifts installed in the existing subway as part of the Government’s Access for All scheme.
This will result in passengers receiving step-free access to platforms 1 and 2 for the first time, giving autonomy to passengers with reduced mobility, families with prams and those carrying heavy luggage.
For the successful and safe installation of these lifts, the subway between platforms 1 and 2 will be closed from Friday 3rd March, resulting in a six-minute diversionary route for passengers moving between platforms. Platform 1 will also be shortened from the 25th February, allowing work to be conducted safely whilst keeping trains running.
Some station facilities will temporarily change to accommodate for the important upgrade works, seeing a compound for engineers set up in the station car park, removing availability for several parking spaces. Customer toilets at the station will also be temporarily relocated.
Elinor Weymouth, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said:
“We’re looking forward to getting started on this important project for passengers in Warwick which will see step-free access between platforms 1 and 2 for the first time.
“There will be some local disruption during the multi-million-pound upgrade which is why we’ll be at the station to answer any questions local people may have over the next couple of weeks. I’d urge anyone living or working nearby to come along so we can explain in person how this important work is making journeys better for passengers.”
To explain more about the exciting plans and how the work could impact people, Network Rail is inviting nearby residents and businesses to informal drop-in events at the ticket office on platform 1 at the station.
These will take place:
- On Tuesday 17 January between 8am and 10am
- On Thursday 19 January between 4pm and 6pm
- On Tuesday 24 January between 4pm and 6pm
- On Thursday 26 January between 8am and 10am
Network Rail is working closely with Chiltern Railways to cause the least possible disruption to passengers and the local community while work takes places throughout 2023.
Eleni Jordan, commercial & customer strategy director at Chiltern Railways, said:
"We are delighted that the installation of lifts between platforms at Warwick station is about to begin. When this step-free access is installed, it will be a significant improvement to customer experience at the station.
“Alongside Network Rail, we are committed to engaging with local stakeholders and the wider community, ensuring they are aware of the short-term disruption they may experience while we complete these important accessibility improvements. All customers are welcome to join the drop-in sessions advertised to find out more."
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