Work on long-awaited Keynsham Station access ramp begins on Monday

March 05 2014

Work to build a long-awaited access ramp at Keynsham Station gets under way on Monday, March 10, First Great Western and B&NES Council have announced.

Work to build a long-awaited access ramp at Keynsham Station gets under way on Monday, March 10, First Great Western and B&NES Council have announced.

The £875,000 improvement scheme will create a step-free ramp to the Bristol-bound Platform 1, allowing easier access for disabled people and those with pushchairs and heavy luggage.

The station will operate as normal throughout the work, the rail company has said, with the ramp expected to be complete by the summer.

Station manager Peter Rignall said: “We recognise the key role that rail travel has in supporting the local and national economy and we are delighted to be able to start this improvement work shortly, improving access to Keynsham.  

“During the previous franchise over £85 million was invested across our network of 210 stations, by working with rail industry partners, the DfT, and local authorities.”

During the work a temporary access to the site will be created from Station Road, removing a stone wall, which will be rebult after. The public footpath will be closed as work is carried out, with access to the station via the car park and footbridge.

Councillor Paul Crossley, leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “The council welcomes the chance to work with First Great Western in order to make these improvements to Keynsham Station that will be helpful for disabled people and parents with buggies. Encouraging more train travel is an important part of the council’s plans to support more sustainable modes of transport. Improving existing infrastructure is an important part of this effort.”