Tuesday 9 Sep 2003


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Network Rail is taking a step in the right direction for train passengers in Adlington by sorting out the problem of the undulating Manchester-bound platform. The surface is uneven and at different levels, which can make it difficult to get on and off trains for the elderly and anyone with children. Now Network Rail has authorised its contractor Serco to rebuild the platform at a cost of £180,000 and work is due to start next month with completion early in the New Year. When rebuilt, the platform will be the same height from the trains all along its length, will have new coping stones laid along the edge with tactile paving behind this to aid those with sight difficulties (tactile paving has raised knobbles that can be easily be felt through footwear and this warns passengers when they are nearing the edge of the platform). The rest of the platform will be surfaced with new tarmac. A Network Rail spokesman said: “This demonstrates our commitment to continue rebuilding the railway. The Chorley-bound platform is acceptable but the one used by passengers travelling towards Bolton and Manchester was definitely in need of attention. When the work is finished I hope passengers will be pleasantly surprised with the results.”

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