by robpayne on 4 February, 2018
GWR and Network Rail are to improve access to the station this year, by spending around £955,000 on the changes.
New lifts are to be of installed, which should be of particular help to disabled passengers, some of whom currently have to be taken across the track by members of staff to get from one platform to the other. And a new back entrance to the station from Sunnyside Road is due to be created, following the closure of the old one a few years ago, with improvements to the station approach on that side hoped for in conjunction with other developments in that area.
There will also be ticket operated barriers, which will prevent access to the platforms without a ticket; this is intended to cut down on the number of passengers who travel without a ticket. More ticket machines will be installed on both sides of the station, which will both sell tickets and dispense tickets purchased online.
Robert Payne welcomed improvements to access at the station, commenting: “The number of users of Weston station is increasing year-on-year, and it is essential that it is as easy as possible for users to access it. I am particularly pleased that the significant difficulties some disabled people experience there are being addressed.”
The changes planned will be subject to listed building consent which Network Rail is applying for this month, but it is hoped that the work should start in July and be completed in October.4 Comments