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South east London station to become fully accessible in multi-million pound scheme

A south east London train station has confirmed the installation of four new lifts in a major investment programme.

Petts Wood station is set to become fully accessible for the first time with a £10.8million scheme to install four new lifts.

The construction, commencing this month and set for completion in Autumn 2023, will finally make the station’s two entrances wheelchair friendly.

Disabled passengers will also be able to use lifts on platforms one, two and three-four.

Petts Wood station

A temporary staircase in Station Square will be installed to access the ticket hall, with the existing staircase to be closed off during the development.

However, this will have no major impact train services.

The development will also see the platforms extended to create extra space for passengers to access the lifts safely, as well as the installation of new CCTV cameras.

Network Rail’s route director for Fiona Taylor said: “This is such an exciting project for us and a big one too.

“We know there’s a long way to go to make our railway accessible for everyone, but every one of these schemes helps us take a great step forward.

“There will be some changes to the way the station operates while we do the work, including the creation of a temporary staircase to access the ticket office, but it will continue to be open and trains will run throughout the work.

“I’m grateful to everyone’s patience while we’re working in their community and can’t wait to open the lifts next year!”

Southeastern’s Passenger Services director, David Wornham, said: “We’re always wanting to do more for our passengers and this investment at Petts Wood by the DfT will make a huge difference to people who use this key station on our network.

“When the four new lifts are fully installed next year, the station will be more accessible to a wider group of people, and we’re looking forward to seeing the project completed.”

The funding is part of the Government’s Access for All scheme and the construction will be carried out by Network Rail and its partners BAM Nutall.

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