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Lifts and footbridge planned for £4million works at Bexley railway station

PUBLISHED: 16:57 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 20 September 2017

How Bexley station could look with a new footbridge and lifts

How Bexley station could look with a new footbridge and lifts

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Network Rail hopes to make the improvements in the next two years

Disabled and less mobile passengers could have access to lifts and a footbridge at one of the borough’s railway stations if ongoing plans go ahead.

Network Rail engineers are putting in a planning application in the autumn, with hope £4million worth of building work could be completed in the next two years.

Route managing director for Network Rail, John Halsall, said: “These improvements will make travelling by train much easier for people with reduced mobility, people with buggies, bags and bikes, and they will make a real difference to how people get around. Train travel should be for everyone, and while there are historic reasons as to why not all our stations are accessible, we remain focussed on making improvements to as many as we can.

“We’ll now be working closely with local authorities, passengers and neighbours to take these designs and make them a reality.”

The rail infrastructure firm expects around one million passengers to benefit from the work.

James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup said: “I welcome the provision of step free access to the platforms at Bexley Station and giving local passengers with much improved accessibility. I’ve been in contact with Network Rail over these plans for some time and am pleased that they are moving forward. I look forward to seeing the final details so that work can get started and these needed improvements are put in place as soon as practical.”

The application is part of £12million worth of plans to provide better facilities for passengers as part of Network Rail’s Access for All scheme, which is funded by the Department for Transport and to improve step-free access across the railway network.

David Wornham, passenger services director Southeastern, said: “We work closely with Network Rail in ensuring that all passengers can use our station facilities and board our trains quickly and easily. Southeastern also offers various travel and priority seating services to those who are elderly, disabled, using wheelchairs or travelling with small children. We are committed to ensuring that anyone with special access needs can enjoy trouble free journeys with us.”

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