Network Rail will start work in August on the upgrade project which will provide better accessibility for passengers using the footbridge in Selby, Yorkshire.
The Grade II listed footbridge will see the addition of accessible lifts and will also undergo reinforcement works to create better accessibility for people with reduced mobility, pushchairs or heavy luggage to move more easily from the three platforms of the train station.
At the moment, passengers requiring assistance can only access platforms 2 and 3 via a walkway above the tracks when station staff are available. TransPennine Express (TPE) staff members are present at Selby station Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 19:45 and Sunday from 09:15 to 19:00.
The Selby station walkway upgrade will provide passengers with greater independence, creating a better overall customer experience.
During the project, a temporary footbridge will allow passengers to access all platforms, with the stepless footbridge expected to be completed in April 2023 with no effect on train services.
Matt Rice, Route Manager for Network Rail’s Northern and Eastern Routes, said:
“When the new lifts are in place, Selby rail passengers will have the freedom to access all platforms at all times and enjoy hassle-free journeys.
“While step-free access is a must for the future of the railway, we also know how important it is to preserve our heritage. Reinforcing the walkway will ensure that the station’s iconic style will remain intact for years to come.
The project is being funded by the Department for Transport Access for All Scheme and following receipt of classified building permission from Selby District Council, work began on the final design in January.
Nigel Adams, MP for Selby and Ainsty, said:
“Improving access to UK rail stations is a key priority for this government; we want all passengers to be able to travel easily and with confidence.
“Having supported the request for funding to upgrade Selby Station from the outset, I am delighted that work will soon begin. The upgrade will be done sensitively and will incorporate the iconic gateway. Selby station is one of 73 stations that received funding in 2019 under the Access for All program.
Railway Minister Wendy Morton said:
“Our incredible rail network is for everyone, so it’s great to see these Access for All funded upgrades rolling out to Selby, ensuring easy and comfortable journeys for all passengers.
‘Locals will also appreciate that the work carried out by Network Rail will ensure that they can enjoy this beautiful footbridge for years to come.’
Kathryn O’Brien, Director of Customer Experience, said:
“The upgrade work at Selby Station is great news for our customers.
“The accessibility of our services is very important to us, and I’m sure the stepless walkway and accessible elevators will be good news for people with additional mobility needs and those traveling with young children and luggage.
“We will work closely with Network Rail to minimize disruption when work begins in August 2022.”