Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Accessible railway stations

  1. #1
    Senior Member Lighttouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    3,800

    Accessible railway stations

    Here are the latest design standards 'code of practice' for Railway Stations valid from 20 March 2015

    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...e-stations.pdf

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Shropshire
    Posts
    1,484
    254 pages!! i've decided you must EITHER have too much time on your hands OR a serious internet addiction. to keep posting VAST documents for us to read! If you want to know about a specific railway station....just go to http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/statio...s/default.aspx
    you can search the station and find out if the entrance, access to platforms etc is wheelie friendly.
    For instance to visit my mom (just been moved to nursing home) we have to change at Sandwell and Dudley, which entails a subway and lift with doors on 3 sides.....now thats an experience!
    Not to mention some smaller stations are unmanned on Saturdays. But this info IS available online

  3. #3
    Senior Member Lighttouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    3,800
    I belong to an access group that is sometimes consulted on stuff to comment on.

    Thought some people might be interested.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    761
    I once knew a guy that had access problems in some stations, although it wasnt recognised as a disability. His problem was that he was taller than the tunnels that lead to the platforms. one long tunnel was 6ft 9in. He was 6ft 10in. the tunnel was quite long aswell.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Staffordshire
    Posts
    955
    Our local station has finally had funding to make it accessible. It will take time to complete but I am very much looking forward to in being finished.
    At the moment it is one of the most unaccessible I have come across. No lift, a bridge walkway to platforms, ( minimum of 40 stairs) and most of the time unmannned so no help available.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Lighttouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Manchester
    Posts
    3,800
    That's good Babyblu.

    Like you, my local railway station wasn't fully accessible but late last year both the railway station, bus station and taxi rank had a major refurbishment and it's now totally accessible - it's only taken 20 plus years to refurbish!

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Staffordshire
    Posts
    955
    Ours is getting done mainly due to a lot of campaigning, funding applications etc by a local MP and her group of volunteers. They have done so much to get funding, donations etc and we are really proud of them and what they have achieved for the local community.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Shropshire
    Posts
    1,484
    I've experience many during my travels up & down n round the country. I even took part in a RICA survey @ assisted travel. Worst one was a small station in Leicestershire. Bletchley, i believe. Booked assistance, travelled early cuz it was only manned till 1pm.....arrived with wheelchair and luggage...no one appears. i could SEE the ramp, locked up against the wall! Some kind gent lifted it off for me in the end.
    Fuming, i goes up to the ticket office, shows the woman the email of booked assistance and got a huffy reply...Not Going There Again!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    664
    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    That's good Babyblu.

    Like you, my local railway station wasn't fully accessible but late last year both the railway station, bus station and taxi rank had a major refurbishment and it's now totally accessible - it's only taken 20 plus years to refurbish!
    Our local station has step free street access from both platforms, however to get from platform 1 to platform 2 you need to use a foot bridge or go onto the street and travel in total about 600 yards down a hill, past some shops and back up a gravel footpath. The station is unmanned and the only ticket machine is on platform 1.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    664
    Quote Originally Posted by paul1234 View Post
    Our local station has step free street access from both platforms, however to get from platform 1 to platform 2 you need to use a foot bridge or go onto the street and travel in total about 600 yards down a hill, past some shops and back up a gravel footpath. The station is unmanned and the only ticket machine is on platform 1.
    Its actually well over half a mile as we drove from one car park to the other. As a lightly used station I suspect that it will remain. Perhaps a second ticket machine. Worthwhile going as the local pub have changed their garden parasols so picked up 3 for a local animal rescue to shelter small animals from the sun.

Similar Threads

  1. Accessible beaches
    By reddivine in forum Travel - help & advice on holidays and accessible travel for disabled people
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29-01-15, 22:33
  2. Accessible bike project
    By jdtaylor in forum Travel - help & advice on holidays and accessible travel for disabled people
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17-08-14, 16:52
  3. Accessible taxis in Rhodes
    By reddivine in forum Travel - help & advice on holidays and accessible travel for disabled people
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-05-14, 21:26
  4. Accessible showers
    By reddivine in forum Ask a question about equipment
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23-03-14, 09:39
  5. Accessible housing
    By MarkThreeMedia in forum News and general discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 26-09-12, 10:37

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •