Railway station to join neighbours in step-free access project

Tring railway station
Tring railway station

Tring’s railway station is one of 26 across England, Scotland and Wales to receive a share of a £60million pot to improve access for passengers.

Step-free access will be provided at the station thanks to additional government funding to extend the Access for All programme.

This will provide an accessible route into the station and between each platform, including through the installation of lifts.

Tring will follow neighbours Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted whose railway stations are already benefitting from the scheme, though the upgrades have been fraught with problems.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said of the project’s extension: “Making the rail network accessible to all is a vital part of our plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“These improvements will make a real difference to passengers – from those with limited mobility, to people with heavy luggage or parents with prams. This is great news.”

The recent successful stations were nominated by the rail industry last year and selected for funding according to passenger numbers, the needs of the area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.

Detailed costing and design work for the Tring upgrade will now be drawn up by Network Rail, with all of the projects due to be completed by 2019.