Tilehurst Station to get step-free access
Network Rail is about to install three new lifts at Tilehurst station, making it fully accessible for the first time.
The work – which is due be completed later this year – will provide step-free access all platforms.
The lifts will be added to the existing footbridge, completed last year.
Network Rail sponsor Alan Gough said: “This project extends our commitment to helping as many people as possible to use the railway.
“Accessible stations make it easier for people to visit friends, get to the shops or to work.
“When the work is complete, everyone will benefit including people with health conditions or impairments, people with children, heavy luggage or shopping and some older people.
“It’s also good for the economy and means fewer car journeys, less congestion and carbon emissions.”
Mr Gough apologised for any inconvenience the work will cause.
He also confirmed Network Rail’s contractor, Dyer & Butler, will mostly be working at night during weekends while trains are not running to minimise disruption to passengers.
Great Western Railway (GWR) station manager for Tilehurst Tom Butler said: “We at GWR are committed to our customers, helping all those who wish to travel by train to be able to do so.
“We are really pleased that Network Rail is now able to progress this work to make Tilehurst fully accessible for the first time.”
Lead councillor for climate strategy and transport at Reading Borough Council, John Ennis, added: “The installation of lifts at Tilehurst station will be very welcome and will make a big difference to residents who have mobility issues and parents with push chairs who wish to travel by train.
“Inevitably, there will be some disturbance while the work is carried out and, if possible, I would encourage nearby residents to attend the drop-in session at the station on January 30 to find out more about the scheme.”
Network Rail and GWR will be meeting passengers at Tilehurst Station on Tuesday, January 30 from 4pm to 6pm for anyone who wishes to learn more about the work.