First bridge span swung into position at Cheadle Hulme Station

Funded by the Department for Transport, Access for All is a programme to provide step-free access at the station for everyone. As part of the programme it will see the introduction of three passenger lifts and a footbridge linking all platforms from the car park and drop-off area. The improvements will make the station more accessible to everyone, especially those in wheelchairs who will be able to use the station for the first time.

Network Rail and train operator Northern are working to deliver accessibility improvements at Cheadle Hulme station with delivery partner Spencer.

Paul Sumner, scheme sponsor for Network Rail said: “It has been a real team effort to keep the station working normally and the project on schedule. When complete, the benefits will have made the challenges of this scheme worthwhile.”

Tony Perrin is the project manager for Spencer. He said: “This bridge lift is one of the most crucial aspects of the project. It requires careful planning to install the bridge in a short railway closure period. Working on a live station such as this always has challenges, as you have to work with restricted access to ensure there is no disruption to normal station operations.

“There is always a tangible air of excitement when carrying out a bridge lift on this scale. This is a real landmark moment in the project at Cheadle Hulme, which showcases the close working between Network Rail, Northern and Spencer.”

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The second span is due be lifted into position this coming weekend (7/8 May), and the scheme is expected to be complete in July 2011.