Acocks Green train station's £1.7m lift work begins

Mark Sturgess of Network Rail, left, Cllr Roger Horton and Terry Oliver of London Midland. Mark Sturgess of Network Rail, left, Councillor Roger Horton and Terry Oliver of London Midland

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A £1.7m scheme to install lifts at Acocks Green train station in Birmingham has begun.

The lifts will be fitted on the platforms and next to the car park, with work due to be completed in the summer.

The Department for Transport awarded £1m of the total cost and the remainder is being funded by Centro.

Wheelchair user David Lewis, from Acocks Green, said the work should make a big difference to his life.

'Life easier'
David Lewis, disabled commuter rail trouble Birmingham's David Lewis, 30, at Acocks Green train station

"It's excellent news, but a long time coming," the 30-year-old said.

"Acocks Green is my nearest station and I haven't been able to use it for the past 15 years."

The government said in September more than 1,000 of the UK's 2,500 railway stations needed "urgent" upgrades to help disabled people.

Mark Sturgess, Infrastructure Maintenance Delivery Manager for Network Rail said: "These vital improvements to Acocks Green station will make life easier for everyone to use the train, especially those with heavy luggage or reduced mobility."

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