Network Rail will begin work during August on the upgrade project which will provide improved accessibility for passengers using the footbridge in Selby, Yorkshire.
The Grade II listed footbridge will see accessible lifts added and will also undergo strengthening work in order to create better accessibility for those with limited mobility, pushchairs or heavy luggage to travel with greater ease from the station’s three platforms.
At the moment, passengers requiring assistance can only access platforms 2 and 3 by using a crossing over the tracks when station staff are available. TransPennine Express (TPE) staff members are on hand at Selby station from Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 19:45 and Sunday from 09:15 to 19:00.
The upgrade to the footbridge at Selby railway station will provide passengers with greater independence creating better overall customer experience.
During the project, a temporary footbridge will enable passengers to access all platforms with the step-free footbridge set to be complete during April 2023 with no effect on train services.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said:
“When the new lifts are in place, rail passengers in Selby will have the freedom to access all platforms at all times and enjoy hassle-free journeys.
“While step-free access is a must-have for the future of the railway, we also know how important it is to preserve our heritage. Strengthening the footbridge will make sure the station’s iconic style is kept intact for years to come.”
The project is funding by the Department for Transports Access for All Scheme and following the receipt of listed building consent by Selby District Council, work got underway on the final design back in January.
Nigel Adams, Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty, said:
“Improving access to Great Britain’s railway stations is a key priority for this Government; we want all passengers to be able to travel easily and confidently.
“Having supported the application for funding to upgrade Selby station from the outset, I am delighted that work will start soon. The upgrade will be done sensitively and will incorporate the iconic footbridge. Selby station is one of the 73 stations that received funding in 2019 as part of the Access for All Programme.”
Rail Minister Wendy Morton said:
“Our amazing rail network is for everyone, so it is great to see these Access for All funded upgrades being rolled out at Selby, ensuring easy, comfortable journeys for all passengers.
“Locals will also welcome the fact that the work done by Network Rail means they will be able to enjoy this beautiful footbridge for years to come.”
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director, said:
“The upgrade work at Selby station is fantastic news for our customers.
“The accessibility of our services is very important to us, and I’m sure the step-free footbridge and accessible lifts will come as welcome news to those with additional mobility requirements and those travelling with young children and luggage.
“We will be working closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum when work begins in August 2022.”