Calls for disabled lift to be put in at upgraded station

A computer-generated image of Chorley railway station, where work will be carried out as part of the project by Network Rail to electrify the railway
A computer-generated image of Chorley railway station, where work will be carried out as part of the project by Network Rail to electrify the railway

Calls have been made for a lift to be installed at Chorley railway station, after it was not included in an upcoming scheme.

As part of work to electrify the railway, both of the platforms will be rebuilt and the roofs over two subways inside and next to the station replaced.

But it means the line between Preston and Bolton will be closed every weekend from Saturday, June 18, to Sunday, October 2 while the upgrades take place.

A consultation event was held last Tuesday at Chorley Town Hall for people to find out more.

The lack of a lift to provide improved disabled access was raised by those at the event.

Allan Porter, who lives in Chorley and worked on the railway for 50 years, said: “I can’t weigh up why there is no lift. There is a lift at Leyland and Buckshaw and at a place like Chorley, we haven’t.”

Julia Berry, former councillor campaigning for better transport, said: “We are doing so much to make things accessible and it’s time we get up to date as quickly as we can.”

MP Lindsay Hoyle said: “Chorley Railway Station is extremely well used yet we have no lift to take people from platform to platform.”

A Network Rail spokesman said the work was being done to electrify the railway and the station was already accessible via a subway. He said: “Lifts could be something we do in the future. We are Government-funded and there is no money to do that at this time.”