Under the ‘Access for All’ scheme funded by Department for Transport, Network Rail will install lifts on both platforms, making it easier for passengers with limited mobility, pushchairs, luggage, or bicycles to move between them.
Key work on the scheme will take place next weekend, 12/13 February, when stairs will replace the subway ramp, new handrails installed and new flooring laid. Whilst the work takes place, the subway will be closed so passengers should choose the drop-off point appropriate to their platform.
Until 31 March, whilst the lifts are being installed, there will be no step-free access between the platform, and passengers should choose the drop-off point appropriate to their platform.
There will also be no step-free access between the platforms until the lifts are fully installed.
Sarah Reid, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast route, said: “We’re here to create a railway that works for everyone, and the new lifts at Northallerton station will help us to achieve that. The improvements will provide a better experience for all station users, as well as making it easier for those who need assistance to use the station independently.
“While we install the lifts, there will temporarily be no step-free access between the platforms, so we’re asking passengers to arrive at the correct drop-off point and speak to station staff if they need any help.”
“Both the subway enhancements and the installation of lifts will improve the experience for customers at the station, including those with additional mobility requirements and people travelling with young children or luggage.
“We continue to work with Network Rail to minimise any disruption and customers are advised to plan ahead. From Monday 14th February until Thursday 31st March, the subway will be open but customers requiring step-free access onto platform 2 will need to use the long stay car park entrance (from Mill Lane).”