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New lifts set to transform previously inaccessible train station

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A train station in the west of England is set to become wheelchair-friendly with the introduction of lifts on its platforms.

Gloucstershire Live reported that Cheltenham Spa Railway Station is about to undergo a refurbishment which will see two lifts installed on its platforms.

Despite having ramps to enable access for disabled passengers to access its two platforms, Network Rail has said that the Cheltenham station is ‘non-compliant’.

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The new lifts will allow wheelchair users and other passengers with limited mobility to move between the platforms at the station.

The paper reported that in the application, Network Rail said: “Step-free stations offer accessible routes from entrance to platform. Step-free access not only benefits disabled people or those with reduced mobility but also people with children, heavy luggage or shopping and some more elderly people.

“Access for All is a project of national significance. These specific works are being undertaken to provide adequate provision within Cheltenham Spa railway station to allow access by all.”

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