The AfA schemes to date have mainly focused on providing wheelchair access between the various station parts and although there is a change to the perception of access, the majority of high-value projects remain as footbridges, lifts and ramps.
We have been involved in improving access to and within stations since the early 2000’s with more recent examples provided here as being:
. Lea Bridge (re-opening of the derelict station)
. Luton Airport Parkway new footbridge (currently on site)
. Prescot addition of lifts to the existing footbridge (currently on site)
The next step change in the evolution of what Access for All means as we see it is to look at the diverse customer experiences at stations and how improved access relates to the far wider spectrum of those customers. We are currently working with one of the largest TOCs in the country we intend to capture vital pieces of issues faced by customers in their transport journeys through the stations. Along with other data being collected and on-station technical surveys, the TOCs aim to Improve the accessibility of stations to the benefit of a broad range of existing and potential customers in the communities being served. Older & disabled people, families with pushchairs & small children and those who need more time to board or alight.