An extensive upgrade has been completed at Stechford railway station in Birmingham.
Representing a £3.9 million investment, the refurbishment is part of the Department for Transport’s scheme first rolled out in 2006 called ‘Access for All’.
The project has seen a raft of new electrical features added to the busy station located on the city’s east side, including all-new lighting and a more modernised system of Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) to safeguard both staff and passengers on site.
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Marking its completion, the last part of the project at Stechford Station was the installation of brand-new passenger lifts to improve accessibility.
Customer Experience Director for West Midland’s Railway, Jonny Wiseman, commented:
“Well over half a million passenger journeys are made using Stechford every year and this facility represents a welcome addition for our customers at the station.”
Central Route Director for Network Rail, Dave Penney, echoed his sentiments:
“It is fantastic that the improvements at Stechford have been completed, meaning passengers now have step-free access to the rail network.”
The Government has spoken out in support of renovating the UK’s stations, with ministers stating that having dependable rail infrastructure will play an important part in the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. It has also announced its plans to invest over £380 million in the Access for All scheme before 2024.