Construction of a new footbridge and lifts between the station platforms at Coulsdon South station, in the London borough of Croydon, has been completed, along with the installation of platform edge tactile paving and upgrades to the station power supply.
Delivered as part of the £300 million Department for Transport-funded Access for All programme, which aims to provide obstacle free, accessible routes to and between platforms, the footbridge has been designed to reduce the amount of steelwork required and avoid needing to re-locate the taxi building.
As part of planning the work to ensure minimum disruption to passengers, a temporary scaffold footbridge was installed to access the far platform, which removed the need for construction workers to use the station’s public footbridge.
Accessibility Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Our Access for All programme is proving that government investment is making a real difference and improving people’s lives.
“The new lifts and bridge will give more people confidence to travel by train, especially disabled people and those with pushchairs or heavy baggage.”
Shaun King, Sussex route director for Network Rail, added: “We are continuously seeking opportunities to make stations more accessible and the new footbridge at Coulsdon South will help ensure that everyone in the community has the opportunity to easily access train services.
“These improvements are a vital aspect of our strategy to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway.”