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‘Lift-off’ – Project To Provide Step-Free Access At Bexley Station In Kent Kicked Off In February

The title of this post is the same as that of this press release from Network Rail.

This is the sub-heading.

Network Rail has kicked off construction of a new footbridge and lifts at Bexley station which will provide passengers with a fully accessible station.

These four paragraphs outline the scheme.

This project, which is funded through the Department of Transport’s (DfT) ‘Access for All’ scheme, is expected to be completed in late spring 2024 and will ensure there is step-free access to all of the station’s platforms.

Network Rail will be working with contractors BAM Nuttall to install two 16-person capacity lifts which will be located behind the existing subway and help passengers with impaired mobility or those travelling with luggage, children, or cycles to access the platforms.

Platform one will be widened to create space for the lifts and allow passengers to navigate through the station a lot easier.

Alongside this, a new footbridge will be built to allow passengers easily get from one side of the platform to the other.

I’m surprised that lifts are being added to the existing subway, rather than being added to the new footbridge.

Looking at the statistics for Bexley and nearby stations, I suspect that Bexley station has more traffic.

This Google Map shows Bexley station.

As there appears to be a lot more housing and the car park to the North of the railway, I suspect there’s a lot of crossing of the railway by passengers.

So it does seem that Network Rail have designed scheme for the number of passengers, which is something Transport for London haven’t done with the buses, where I live.

On a visit to the station on the 14th of March, I took these pictures.

This is a Network Rail visualisation of how it will look.

The visualisation is looking towards the East.

March 19, 2023 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , ,

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