The Anonymous Widower

Step-Free Access At Brough Station

On my last trip North, I changed trains at Brough station.

The station appears to have been recently rebuilt and has full step-free access using ramps, as these pictures show.

This Google Map shows the station.

It may work, but those ramps could take some time, if you’re pushing a heavy buggy or wheelchair.

In Winner Announced In The Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition, I wrote how the competition was won by this bridge.

So would a factory-built bridge like this be installed be installed today, if Brough or a similar simple station was being rebuilt or built from scratch?

  • Concrete bases to support the bridge, would be built in the appropriate position on both platforms.
  • An electrical supply would be provided.
  • A special train would then arrive with the bridge and an crane to lift the bridge into place.
  • A couple of hours later, the bridge would have been erected.

If the system is designed designed, it should be no more difficult than installing a new ticket machine.


How much would be saved in the design and building of new stations, if they were designed around a step-free bridge like this?

But the biggest saving is surely in the time needed to build the station?

June 6, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , ,


  1. Ramps are significantly cheaper to design and run, even though the UK’s generous (but very good) ramp gradient regulations means ramps have to be particularly long. In future, to see step-free access added to more stations, I would champion cheaper solutions such as this making it more viable. A station built from scratch using long ramps instead of lifts would also be cheaper.

    Comment by J M | June 6, 2019 | Reply

  2. If you take the most extensive UK rail network, built in the last forty years, the Docklands Light Railway, most stations have lifts and there are only a few ramps.

    In this day and age, there is no point in building a station on the cheap, only to go back a few years later to rebuild it.

    In my visiting of stations being updated to being full step-free, I have seen some total disasters like Hither Green and Petts Wood, which were built in the 1930s, where obviously, they felt that all passengers were fit and healthy.

    We have moved on!

    Comment by AnonW | June 6, 2019 | Reply

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