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Lifts back in service at Tamworth station

One of Tamworth station’s lifts after the upgrade work in 2020.

The three lifts at Tamworth station are back in service after a major overhaul. An investment of nearly £675,000 saw each of the three lifts taken out, mechanisms modernised, and new lighting installed.

The improved lifts will benefit the 1.3 million passengers who use the busy interchange station each year.

Tamworth is a split-level station that connects West Coast main line services with CrossCountry trains towards Birmingham and the East Midlands.

Tom Wadsworth, senior asset engineer at Network Rail, said: “I understand the work on the lifts has been disruptive for passengers over the last few months and I’d like to thank people for bearing with us. I hope the improvements speak for themselves and the more modern, brighter lifts make a real difference to people’s journeys with better more reliable step-free access to platforms.”

Sarah Higgins, head of stations for London Northwestern Railway, said: “I would like to thank our customers for their patience while Network Rail carried out these vital improvement works to keep our railway accessible for all. As well as being a valued local station, Tamworth is an important interchange for passengers heading to all corners of the country and these works will help us provide a smoother and easier travelling experience for all our customers.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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