Work starts on £4.5m improvements at station

Artist's impression of how Leyland station will look after the work

Artist's impression of how Leyland station will look after the work

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Rail passengers will benefit from step-free access throughout Leyland station following a £4.5m investment by the Government’s Access for All scheme.

Network Rail has started work on a major improvement project to build three new passenger lifts, a new footbridge, three new staircases and an access ramp at the station.

They will provide easier access to the rail network for passengers with disabilities, heavy luggage or pushchairs.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: “Access for All is a significant investment which helps to make using the railway even easier for the millions of passengers who travel by train every year.”

“Leyland station will have step-free access for the first time and the new bridge and lifts will be a valuable addition to the station’s facilities.”

Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, said: “As well as giving wheelchair users and those with limited mobility equal access to rail services in our borough, the start of these much-needed improvements will also be welcomed by local businesses and those looking to invest, who have told us they’re looking forward to the boost this will bring to the area.

“While previous additions have been extremely welcome, the provision of lifts is the crucial measure that we have been pressing for since 2008, so I’m delighted that Leyland has been included in the first year of Network Rail’s schedule.

“It means this essential transport hub’s central platforms will be made fully accessible to everyone, so for me it’s the most significant step so far on this seven-year journey to bring the station up to standard.”

The work started on Wednesday and will be completed in summer 2016.

There will be a partial closure of the car park off Moss Lane until the project is completed and the access route from the car park to platform four will be closed from Saturday, August 22 until January.