Friday, 20 October 2017

Station lifts could be open around the clock

PASSENGER lifts at Goring station might be accessible 24 hours a day. The three lifts, which

PASSENGER lifts at Goring station might be accessible 24 hours a day. The three lifts, which will connect all four platforms via a covered walkway, will be installed by Network Rail later this year.

It agreed to fund the £1.2million project following pressure from the Mobility Issues Group for Goring and Streatley and Henley MP John Howell.

First Great Western, which runs the station, initially said the lifts would be shut for safety reasons when there were no staff. This meant they would only be usable between 6.30am and 1pm during the week and 6.30am and noon on Saturdays.

However, following talks with the mobility group, the company has agreed to investigate ways around this. One option would be to monitor the lifts via CCTV, which some other rail networks do.

A FGW spokesman said the company was trialling this at Twyford and would introduce it at Goring if it was successful.



John Boler, the mobility group’s chairman, said: “This is excellent news as long as it happens. If you’re disabled, you want to feel confident that you can travel conveniently at any time of day. Some residents have questioned the purpose of installing lifts if they aren’t always available so hopefully this will reassure them.”



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