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Burnley rail passengers will no longer have to 'mind the gap'
1:21pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
RAIL passengers at a Burnley station should no longer have to ‘mind the gap’ with the arrival of a new platform aid.
Work is currently being undertaken by Network Rail to raise the level of the platform of the 165-year-old Burnley Barracks station.
Contractors on behalf of the rail agency have measured up the halt to install an ‘easy access area’, which could cost around £25,000.
A Community Rail Lancashire spokesman said: “Better known as ‘Harrington Humps’ they are a modular and easy to install system by which the height of a railway platform can be raised at relatively low cost.”
The name derived from a joint initiative pioneered by Network Rail and Cumbria County Council, which first saw such elevated platforms installed at Harrington, near Workington.
The easy access area will work with level-platform trains, allowing wheelchairs and pushchairs on board. But the older two-step carriages will still require an access ramp.
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