Passengers who use Lichfield Trent Valley station will find access much easier after two new lifts have opened at the station.
These now provide passengers with step-free access between the West Coast main line platforms used by London Northwestern Railway trains and the Cross City line platform for West Midlands Railway services towards Birmingham, Redditch and Bromsgrove.
The £2.3million scheme formed part of the ‘Access for All’ programme, aimed at transforming the way people use the railway.
West Midlands Railway customer experience director Jonny Wiseman said: “We are committed to making our railway accessible for our customers and these lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley are a welcome addition.
“With social distancing in place we are currently asking passengers to travel by train only if really necessary, but this facility will enhance the travelling experience for years to come.
“Looking further ahead, passengers at Lichfield can look forward to the introduction of brand new electric trains which are currently under construction and will serve both the Cross City Line into Birmingham and London Northwestern Railway services on the West Coast Main Line.”
Network Rail’s central route director Dave Penney said: “The new lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley will be a game-changer for passengers and the local community.
“Delivering this project has been tough, with the pandemic changing how we work and it’s thanks to the hard work of our of engineers and partners that we can now have step-free access to the platforms for those who need it.”