Sunday, 15 July 2018

New station lifts to be accessible at all times

THREE new passenger lifts at Goring station will be accessible 24 hours a day.

THREE new passenger lifts at Goring station will be accessible 24 hours a day.

The lifts, which Network Rail is installing as part of a £1.2 million refurbishment of the station’s footbridge, were originally expected to shut for safety reasons when there were no staff present.

This meant they would have been usable only between 6.30am and 1pm during the week and 6.30am and noon on Saturdays.

Now Great Western Railways, which runs the station, has confirmed it will monitor the lifts remotely with CCTV cameras. It has successfully tested a similar system on the lifts at Twyford station.

The bridge at Goring is being replaced as the old one was in poor condition and was not high enough to take overhead power cables as part of the electrification of the line between Reading and Oxford. Most of the work is complete and the lifts should be up and running by the summer.

Network Rail originally said it couldn’t afford to install the lifts but backed down following a campaign by Goring’s mobility issues group, which organised a petition that was signed by more than 1,000 people.

John Boler, who chairs the mobility group, said: “This will put many people’s minds at rest as they’ve been asking us whether the lifts will be in operation all the time.

“It took a lot of campaigning to get the lifts installed but we didn’t want those big white towers to become big white elephants.”

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