Feasibility study for station improvements is ‘progressing’

PUBLISHED: 07:31 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 07:31 31 October 2017

Plans are underway to improve access at Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station

Plans are underway to improve access at Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station

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Great Western Railway (GWR) has confirmed a feasibilty study to improve access at Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station should be completed within 12 weeks.

The train operator is hoping to install lifts at the station to improve access for disabled people as well as passengers with pushchairs and bikes.

Work to install a ramp at the station was about to start last year when GWR halted plans due to fears the structure could destablise the embankment.

GWR confirmed it hoped to install lifts instead, but the feasility study is now a month overdue.

A GWR spokesman said: “We are making progress at Nailsea and Backwell and have now appointed contractors to undertake the specialist work needed on the lift design/siting and costs.

“Once we have their report, which should be about another eight to 12 weeks, we will then be able to meet with stakeholders to discuss its findings.”

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