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Improved accessibility for Southern railway stations

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Network Rail is delivering accessibility improvements to two Southern Rail stations, providing them step-free access for the first time.

Crowborough and East Grinstead will get a new footbridge and lifts. There will also be tactile paving close to platform edges to assist blind and partially sighted passengers. New CCTV cameras, meanwhile, will also be installed to maintain safety and security.

How East Grinstead station will look.

The investment of £4.7 million at Crowborough and £4.6 million at East Grinstead aims to make both stations easier to use for passengers with accessibility needs. During the projects, engineers will be constructing foundations on the platforms. New lift shafts and the footbridges will be created off-site and lifted by crane into position during planned line closures.

The new footbridges, lifts and stair structures are of a design which will be in keeping with the station designs and surrounding landscape. On completion of each footbridge, engineers will dismantle the existing station footbridge and remove it from the station.

Katie Frost, Network Rail.

Sussex route director for Network Rail, Katie Frost, said:“We are committed to improving access for passengers and this vital work will make it much easier for people to move around Crowborough and East Grinstead stations.

“Stations are important gateways to the communities they serve, and the new footbridges and lifts will help to improve connections within the community.

“Crucially, we now have two stations that are more accessible for all passengers, whether they are wheelchairs users, have reduced mobility or just carrying luggage or pushchairs.

“We have worked with local stakeholders and accessibility groups to find the best option for passengers, and we will minimise disruption as much as possible throughout the project.”

Anita Scaife, GTR.

Southern’s area station manager, Anita Scaife, said: “We’re on a journey of improvement to create a more accessible and inclusive railway, where everyone has the confidence to travel with us, no matter what their disability or need for assistance.

“Step-free access to the platforms at Crowborough and East Grinstead will transform the experience of travelling by rail for many local people.”

This project is being delivered as part of the Department for Transport’s Access for All programme, under which £300 million has been secured to make further accessibility improvements at stations over the next five years.

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