Warwick station accessibility improvements nearing lift-off

 Monday, January 16, 2023 

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The railway engineers are making final preparations ahead of major accessibility improvements for passengers at Warwick station.

A multi-million-pound investment by Network Rail will see two new lifts installed in the existing subway as part of the Government’s Access for All scheme. They will provide step-free access for passengers using platforms 1 and 2 for the first time.

This will help people with reduced mobility, families with prams and those carrying heavy luggage. The work will start in January 2023 and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

For the engineers to install the lifts, the subway between platforms 1 and 2 will be closed from Friday 3 March.

This means a six-minute diversionary route will be in place for passengers moving between platforms. From Monday 25 February, platform 1 will also be shortened so that work can take place safely while allowing trains to keep running.

However this will see one less train a day calling at Warwick – though those services will continue to call at Warwick Parkway and Leamington Spa.

Some facilities at the station will also temporarily change while the important station upgrade takes place:

These will take place:

Elinor Weymouth, scheme project manager for Network Rail, said that they are looking forward to getting started on this important project for passengers in Warwick which will see step-free access between platforms 1 and 2 for the first time.

There will be some local disruption during the multi-million-pound upgrade which is why we’ll be at the station to answer any questions local people may have over the next couple of weeks. I’d urge anyone living or working nearby to come along so we can explain in person how this important work is making journeys better for passengers.

Network Rail is working closely with Chiltern Railways to cause the least possible disruption to passengers and the local community while work takes places throughout 2023.

Eleni Jordan, commercial & customer strategy director at Chiltern Railways, said: “We are delighted that the installation of lifts between platforms at Warwick station is about to begin. When this step-free access is installed, it will be a significant improvement to customer experience at the station.

“Alongside Network Rail, we are committed to engaging with local stakeholders and the wider community, ensuring they are aware of the short-term disruption they may experience while we complete these important accessibility improvements. All customers are welcome to join the drop-in sessions advertised to find out more.”

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