Lifts could be installed to improve access at Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station
PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 November 2016
New lifts could solve access problems at Nailsea and Backwell Station due to technological advances since the scheme was first looked at, according to Great Western Railway (GWR).
It was due to start work on installing ramps at the station this autumn, but the project was cancelled last week due to fears the ramps could destabilise the embankment.
The train operator confirmed it is now looking into the possibility of installing lifts – an option which campaigners claim was ruled out in 2008.
A £1.23million Government grant was allocated for the work in 2011, but the start date for work was delayed due to urgent maintenance work and the funding deadline was missed.
Campaigners were later assured the scheme was ‘shovel ready’ but the project has been hit by delays again.
A GWR spokesman said: “The issue was picked up then (2011) and was one of the reasons for the original delay. It was an issue which we thought we could get an engineering solution for.
“It is worth reminding passengers that we secured funding in 2015 and this is still in place.
“We have always said the location and elevation of the station made this a difficult engineering challenge and the latest developments reflect this.
“Lift technology has moved forward considerably since 2008 and we are now able to look at remote monitored lifts which would offer a better solution to more of our customers.
“The lift option removes any issue of gradient – which would have remained a problem for some customers under the first solution.”