A major project at Macclesfield station to upgrade passenger lifts is now underway as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The £400,000 investment is part of a project by Network Rail to ensure stations across the region have reliable step-free access to all platforms.
Work began on 20th January and will run until March 31st 2021, during which time both lifts at Macclesfield station will be out of use, although staff will be on hand to assist passengers.
Tom Wadsworth, senior asset engineer for buildings at Network Rail, said:
This lift upgrade will improve Macclesfield station as we get it in the best possible shape for passengers when measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be eased. The work is a key step in ensuring the station remains accessible for everyone for years to come.
“We’re asking passengers with additional accessibility needs who must travel during this latest coronavirus lockdown to plan their journeys in advance while Macclesfield station’s lifts are out of use. I’d also urge them to book assisted travel with their specific train operator.
“We understand the upgrade will be disruptive for passengers and we are working closely with station operators to make everyone’s journey as easy as it can be during the lift upgrades.”
Cllr Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said:
We warmly welcome this significant investment at Macclesfield railway station which will improve access facilities for passengers and visitors to the town.
“I would like to thank rail users in advance for their patience while these works are undertaken and for any inconvenience experienced.
“I would also encourage any passenger with access needs or disability to contact their train operator’s passenger assistance service, in advance of their planned trip, to arrange support for their journey.
“The rail station is a key gateway for Macclesfield and it is great news that this investment will improve passenger facilities and help prepare the station for the expected increase in passengers once HS2 high-speed rail to Crewe and beyond is delivered. It is another vote of confidence in the future of Macclesfield.”
Passengers are being asked to allow extra time for their journeys, and anyone who needs step-free access to Platform 2 (for Southbound trains) should book assisted travel with their train operator.