Network Rail will begin work on an upgraded, step-free footbridge at Selby station in August 2022, making the station more accessible for passengers.
Accessible lifts will be added to the Grade II listed footbridge – which will also be strengthened – allowing those with limited mobility, pushchairs or heavy luggage to comfortably catch a train from any of the station’s three platforms.
Passengers who need assistance can currently only access platforms 2 and 3 via a crossing over the tracks when station staff are available. The upgraded footbridge will give travellers more independence and improve the overall experience.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “When the new lifts are in place, rail passengers in Selby will have the freedom to access all platforms at all times and enjoy hassle-free journeys.
“While step-free access is a must-have for the future of the railway, we also know how important it is to preserve our heritage. Strengthening the footbridge will make sure the station’s iconic style is kept intact for years to come.”
The final designs for the Access for All scheme – which is funded by the Department for Transport – began in January after receiving listed building consent from Selby District Council.
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director at TransPennine Express, said: “The upgrade work at Selby station is fantastic news for our customers.
“The accessibility of our services is very important to us, and I’m sure the step-free footbridge and accessible lifts will come as welcome news to those with additional mobility requirements and those travelling with young children and luggage.
“We will be working closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum when work begins in August 2022.”
A temporary footbridge will allow passengers continued access to all platforms throughout the project until its completion in April 2023, with no impact on train services.
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