A train station in Kent has been given £4m in government funding to improve accessibility for passengers with mobility issues.
The funding will be used to create an obstacle-free, accessible route from St Mary Cray’s station entrance to the platform. This will include installing two lifts and other accessible features.
The work is being funded by the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, which was launched in 2006 to address the issues faced by disabled passengers and passengers facing mobility restraints.
Paul Harwood, Network Rail’s Investment Director for Southern Region, said: “The ‘Access for All’ programme enables a significant investment in our stations in Kent and the wider Southern Region which will help all our passengers and especially those with mobility issues.
“St Mary Cray will have modern step-free access to its platforms for the first time and dozens of other measures throughout the station will make access much easier for all passengers.”
The two lifts will each have the capacity for 16 people and are the ‘through’ type, with exits at each end to make accessing them as easy as possible.
Other parts of the station will also be improved, with work including improvements to the ticket office and relocation of a retail unit into the old taxi office to create more space for the new lift shaft. New handrails and tactile surfacing will be installed on the existing platform staircases.
On the exterior of the station, all staircases will be upgraded, with new access ramps for the Furzehill Square side of the station, while new chicane handrails will be introduced to the Sayes Court Road entrance to safely slow users down before they emerge onto the footway.
There will also be improved cycle shelters and two new blue badge holder parking bays.