The station has seen work underway for three weeks with Network Rail teams installing more than 175 metres of tactile paving slabs for the entire length of both of the station’s platforms.
Tactile paving slabs have a raised textured surface which aids visually impaired customers in identifying when they are close to the platform’s edge. The tactile paving brings improvements in safety for Burley-in-Wharfedale station with the hope that it will provide more people with the confidence to travel by train.
The work comes as part of a £10 million scheme which is funded by the Department for Transport and will eventually see the installation of tactile surfacing for 200 stations throughout Britain. West Yorkshire will also see tactile paving installed for both Dewsbury and Denby Dale stations.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North & East Route said:
“We know that many people rely on tactile paving to use the railway independently, so I’m pleased this work has now completed and will benefit people using Burley-in-Wharfedale station.
“Improving accessibility is really important to us, which is why we’ll be carrying out similar work at two more stations in West Yorkshire, enabling even more people to travel with confidence.”
Tony Baxter, regional director for Northern said:
“Our customers are the heart of everything we do, and we are dedicated to making Northern’s services accessible to everyone, and to having a positive impact for the north. These improvements will give our customers added confidence when using our services and they are very much welcomed.”