Passengers travelling to and from Chippenham station will now find their journey a much easier experience after a new footbridge and lifts were officially opened by Network Rail today, Friday 22 January, as part of the company’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
A new footbridge and lifts are set to improve passengers’ journeys at at Chippenham station.
Network Rail officially opened the new infrastructure last Friday, creating a step-free access to the station’s two platforms for the first time.
This will not only be of benefit to passengers with reduced mobility, but also those travelling with children or heavy luggage or those who simply find stairs a struggle.
The £3 million project was mostly funded through the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ scheme, which is designed to improve accessibility at rail stations across Britain by installing lifts and ramps.
The opening ceremony was performed by Chippenham MP, Michelle Donelan, and attended by Network Rail’s managing director for the Western route, Mark Langman, members of the orange army who worked on the scheme, and representatives from Great Western Railway (GWR), the train operator that manages the station.
Also in attendance were representatives from the local community including members of the action group, Chippenham Accessible Rail Transport (CART).