TWO new lifts are set to be installed in the subway at Warwick Railway Station.
They are part of a multi-million pound investment by Network Rail which will provide step-free access for passengers using platforms 1 and 2 for the first time.
Work will start in January and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
While no train services will be affected by the station improvements, the subway between platforms 1 and 2 will have to be closed for the lifts to be installed. This means a six-minute diversionary route will be in place for passengers moving between each platform.
A compound for engineers will also be created in the station car park, taking several spaces out of use.
The station’s customer toilets will also be temporarily relocated.
To explain more about the plans and how the work could impact people, Network Rail is inviting residents and businesses to an information event between 3pm and 7pm on Monday (November 28) at the Warwick Arms Hotel in High Street.
Elinor Weymouth, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said: “There will be some local disruption during the upgrade. I’d urge anyone living or working nearby to come along and meet the project team so we can explain in person how this important work is making journeys better for passengers.”
Network Rail is working with Chiltern Railways to cause the least possible disruption to while work takes places throughout next year.
Eleni Jordan, customer Ssrategy director at Chiltern Railways, said: “Alongside Network Rail, we will be in regular contact with local stakeholders and the wider community while these changes take place, as there will be some disruption while these works are completed.”
Warwickshire County Council transport spokesman Coun Wallace Redford, said: “One of our key areas of focus as a council is to deliver improved transport options for Warwickshire residents. The development being carried out at Warwick station means we are one step closer to making public transport in Warwickshire accessible to all, and it will be easier for more residents to have the opportunity to make more sustainable journeys.
“Making these improvements also improves the independence of our residents and opens up more opportunities for employment and education.”
Warwick county councillor John Holland said: “There are many people who cannot manage steps and the scheme will provide access for both pedestrians and people who use wheelchairs. There are many other people who will benefit, for example people with prams or cyclists taking their bikes on the train.”
Passengers are advised to check their journey while work at Warwick station is underway at www.nationalrail.co.uk