Better access to Newbury station a step closer as work to replace footbridge begins: Electrification continues as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan

Friday 21 Jul 2017

Better access to Newbury station a step closer as work to replace footbridge begins


Better access to Newbury railway station is a step closer as work to replace the station’s footbridge started this week as Network Rail continues to deliver its Railway Upgrade Plan.

The new footbridge will improve access and allow Network Rail to install the electrical equipment necessary for new electric trains, which will run on the line to Newbury from December 2018.

The current footbridge will be demolished and a new one will be built at the opposite end of the station with work completed by February 2018. This new bridge will allow better access for users of the station through

Graeme Tandy, route delivery manager for Network rail said: “The new footbridge at Newbury will deliver benefits to everyone who uses the station. The new bridge features new stairs and a lift, allowing those with wheelchairs, pushchairs and luggage to get to and from the platforms safely. “By moving the footbridge we will able to install electrical equipment, allowing bigger, cleaner and quicker trains to serve Newbury station.”

Alison Stone, GWR’s Newbury station manager, said: “We recognise the key role that rail travel has in supporting the local and national economy and we are delighted that this improvement has been started, providing better access for all who use the station. It is great for our customers, and for us to work with partners delivering benefits which will make a real difference.”

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