Tring station in Hertfordshire, which is on the busy West Coast main line with important commuter links to London, Birmingham and Crewe, has undergone a multi-million-pound transformation, making it more accessible for passengers.
The £5.8 million ‘Access for All’ upgrade included new lifts, ramps and a new footbridge and has provided step-free access to all five of Tring station’s platforms for the very first time.
Funding for the ‘Access for All’ programme comes directly from the Department for Transport, which launched the scheme in 2006 to improve accessibility at railway stations nationwide.
Network Rail’s West Coast South route director James Dean was joined by the rail minister, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, local MP Gagan Mohindra, Lawrence Bowman from London Northwestern Railway and local councillors and residents at a socially distanced opening ceremony to mark completion of the work.
At the opening ceremony, James Dean said: “The new lifts, ramps and footbridge at Tring station will be a game-changer for passengers and the local community.
“Delivering this project has been tough, with the pandemic changing how we work and it’s thanks to the hard work of our of engineers and partners that we can now have step-free access to the platforms for those who need it.”
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris added: “As we gradually welcome more passengers back onto trains, we are pressing ahead with our ambition to make the railway accessible for everyone who uses it.
“The new lifts, ramps, and footbridge at Tring are just one example of how our ‘Access for All’ investment is delivering on that commitment, providing easier, more accessible rail journeys for passengers.”