The Anonymous Widower

Todmorden Station To Go Step-Free

This document on the Government web site is entitled Access for All: 73 Stations Set To Benefit From Additional Funding.

Todmorden station is on the list.

These pictures show the station and the current subway,

This is a Google Map of the station.

Note how the railway clings to the hillside and is hemmed in by roads and other buildings.

As the pictures show, access to the platforms is by means of a subway under the railway and steep steps to the platforms.

An Increasingly Busy Station

For the last few years, there has been a continuous increase in the number of trains through the station.

I wonder, if on some journeys across the Pennines, there is a change at Todmorden, where the Blackburn and Leeds services to Manchester Victoria connect.

As this could require a platform change at Todmorden, you only want someone in a wheelchair to try to use Todmorden as an interchange and you get delayed trains at best and God knows what, at worst.

Manchester Airport Services

Under Future Services in the Wikipedia entry for Todmorden station, this is said.

New through services to Chester, Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street (marketed under the “Northern Connect” brand)

Passengers to Manchester Airport, will be more likely to have heavy luggage, which could be difficult at the station.

Installing Lifts

More trains and passengers will inevitably lead to more calls for step-free access.

The solution to step-free access is probably to put a lift to each platform from the subway.

There also appears to be plenty of space on the pltforms for the lifts.

It might not be the easiest installations, as it looks like the station is built from solid Pennine stone.


Todmorden station needs step-free access and with good design can probably be added without too much difficulty.

June 3, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. Hooray for sensitivity to us folks who need accessibility accommodations! 🙂

    Comment by Jonathan Caswell | June 3, 2019 | Reply

  2. I have a feeling, that the need for more step-free access is not driven by those with disabilities, but by those people, who seem to travel all the time with large heavy cases.

    Certainly, on the Underground they block passageways and often their owners are rude and barge people out of the way. Some o the staff feel there should be a size limit.

    Comment by AnonW | June 3, 2019 | Reply

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