Retford Railway Station lift approved

by | 7 May 2019 | Notice, Retford

Retford Railway Station will have a new lift thanks to a campaign by North Notts and Lincs Community Rail Partnership (NNLCRP) supporting an application by LNER to the Government’s Access for All programme. This was greatly supported by a large number of local organisations with a range of different areas of interest. Platform 3 at Retford is the last platform at any station served by LNER services between London and Edinburgh that does not have modern level access provided by a lift.

On Thursday 4th April, the Department for Transport (DfT) published the list of stations that would receive funding and Retford is on the list!

Bassetlaw MP, John Mann, has been an active supporter of the application and has successfully lobbied the DfT to support the bid. Rick Brand, from NNLCRP, said: “This is really great news for Retford and a major vote of confidence in the area. Retford serves the whole of Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire, and beyond, and as improvements to the station take place, larger numbers of travellers will use the station and visit the town and surrounding area. We are very grateful to LNER, John Mann, and the huge number of companies and individuals who provided letters of support for the bid.”

Retford is a town of over 22,000 people that serves rail passengers interchanging from LNER and Hull Trains services to inter-regional trains serving the cities of Sheffield and Lincoln and communities along that route. While platforms 1, 2 and 4 are fully accessible using lifts, Platform 3 is only accessible via a barrow crossing with station staff assistance. This can cause delays to passengers as they need to wait for a safe period to cross. It encourages those with large luggage or pushchairs to struggle on the stairs and increases the risk of accidents.