Home General Interest New lifts improve access at Lichfield Trent Valley station

New lifts improve access at Lichfield Trent Valley station

Passengers who use Lichfield Trent Valley station will find access much easier after two new lifts have opened at the station.

These now provide passengers with step-free access between the West Coast main line platforms used by London Northwestern Railway trains and the Cross City line platform for West Midlands Railway services towards Birmingham, Redditch and Bromsgrove.

The £2.3million scheme formed part of the ‘Access for All’ programme, aimed at transforming the way people use the railway.

West Midlands Railway customer experience director Jonny Wiseman said: “We are committed to making our railway accessible for our customers and these lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley are a welcome addition.

“With social distancing in place we are currently asking passengers to travel by train only if really necessary, but this facility will enhance the travelling experience for years to come.

“Looking further ahead, passengers at Lichfield can look forward to the introduction of brand new electric trains which are currently under construction and will serve both the Cross City Line into Birmingham and London Northwestern Railway services on the West Coast Main Line.”

Network Rail’s central route director Dave Penney said: “The new lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley will be a game-changer for passengers and the local community.

“Delivering this project has been tough, with the pandemic changing how we work and it’s thanks to the hard work of our of engineers and partners that we can now have step-free access to the platforms for those who need it.”

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

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Network Rail “making a good start” to CP6, says ORR annual...

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its 2019-20 annual assessment of Network Rail and has found that...

Track renewal at Botley