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Published on : Monday, October 17, 2016
Network Rail is taking the next step towards making Ascot station fully-accessible as its orange army is set to remove the existing bridge at the station over the weekend of 22 and 23 October ahead of the installation of the new footbridge by February 2017.
The investment will make the station fully accessible for the 1.2million passenger journeys through the station each year, and will mean passengers requiring step-free access will no longer need to use the barrow crossing at the station to change between platforms.
Work is already underway to extend platforms at Ascot to accommodate longer, 10-car trains.
The upgrade at Ascot is part of the £800 million Waterloo & South West Upgrade, the biggest package of improvements for passengers travelling on this railway for decades and will provide thousands more seats for passengers on trains between London Waterloo and Reading.
Stewart Firth, principal sponsor at Network Rail said, “As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan we’re making Ascot station fully-accessible by providing a new footbridge with lifts, and work has already started to extend the platforms to accommodate longer, 10-car trains giving passengers more space and better journeys.
“Before the new footbridge is installed early next year, passengers will still be able to access the platforms via the station subway, while passengers requiring step-free access to platforms 2 and 3 will be able to make use of free taxis to nearby stations with step-free access. I’d like to thank all passengers for their patience while we upgrade the station.”
Arthur Pretorius, Customer Service Director for South West Trains, said: “More than two-thirds of South West Trains passengers already travel through fully accessible stations and this investment at Ascot will provide step free travel for even more passengers when it opens early next year.
“Meanwhile, the work to extend the platforms will allow longer trains to run between London Waterloo and Reading as part of the Waterloo & South West Upgrade, providing thousands more seats for passengers.”
Source:- Network Rail
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