Long-awaited work to make Chippenham station fully accessible from both sides of the railway has commenced.
The project, which is being delivered by Great Western Railway on behalf of Wiltshire Council, will bring a third lift into use on the north side of the station, providing step-free access to platforms from both sides of the railway.
Additional disabled car parking spaces and more cycle parking facilities are included in the works, which also involves turning the staircase on the northern side of the footbridge.
The public right of way via the footbridge is temporarily closed until the spring whilst the improvements are undertaken. An alternative walking route for non-rail users is via Union Road, New Road and Station Hill.
Whilst improving the accessibility of the station for all users, the work also reflects Chippenham’s aspirations for the future as an accessible and thriving town.
Swindon and Wiltshire LEP Chief Executive, Paddy Bradley, said, “We’re excited to see another step towards completion of the Station Hub upgrade. This important work will help develop safe access to the station for all visitors and residents using Chippenham station.
“This very welcome project brings together the elements of the station improvements, ultimately assisting the long-term development of Chippenham and its economy.”
Wiltshire Council Member for Transport, Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, added, “We are really pleased to see this improvement scheme start, especially as it complements the £1.98 million package of transport measures already completed by the Council to improve pedestrian and cyclist access to Chippenham railway station.
“Our aspiration is to have well-connected communities that enable local communities to live, work and play locally, so these continued improvements at the station fully supports this aim.”