Thursday 17 Jan 2008


Region & Route:
| Southern: Wessex
| Southern
Bracknell station is to be made more accessible to all who use it thanks to work commissioned by Network Rail. The extensive programme of work started this month (January) and will provide step-free access from the station entrance to and between platforms. A new footbridge is being constructed with two lifts and stairs. Both the new lifts will be fully Disability Discrimination Act compliant and fitted with closed-circuit television and telephone links. Network Rail is managing and delivering the improvements, which are funded by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) "Access for All" fund. David Pape, Network Rail Route Director, said: “These new facilities will provide essential access improvements at Bracknell for people with disabilities, those carrying heavy luggage and parents with prams. "We are working closely with South West Trains and other stakeholders to make sure that station access is maintained during construction work, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2008.”

Paul Bentley, South West Trains’ Access and Integration Manager, added: “This is fantastic news for our passengers who use Bracknell station as it will make both sides of the station completely accessible for the first time. We are grateful to our colleagues at Network Rail and the Department for Transport for helping us bring our stations into the 21st century.”

Notes to editors

“Access for All” is a £370m ring-fenced fund for station accessibility improvements under the Government’s ten-year “Railways for All” strategy. Station selection and prioritisation is made by the DfT who, to date, have chosen 92 stations in England and Wales to have step-free access improvements.

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