Work to create a new access ramp at Keynsham train station is due to start this April, Frist Great Western has confirmed.
Prior to building work starting, a ground investigation contractor is expected to commence site work on 4th April. This work is due to finish by the end of April, and provided that there are no adverse conditions discovered on site during the ground investigation, this will enable the main contractor to start on site mid-May.
The news comes following several years of campaigning by local residents, train users and councillors in Keynsham fighting for a ramp to be built on the station’s Bristol-bound platform, which can currently only be accessed by negotiating over a dozen steps. Campaigners have fought for the ramp to be built to make it easier for disabled and elderly residents, as well as parents with push-chairs, to access the platform.
Local councillors Charles Gerrish and Brian Simmons (Cons, Keynsham North) have welcomed the announcement, having supported the campaign for several years and secured funding towards the project from B&NES Council.
Cllr Gerrish said:
“It’s very welcome news that after so many years of campaigning for this to happen, work is finally set to start on a new access ramp at Keynsham station in the next few weeks. This is great news for the local train users, residents and disabled people who have called for this improvement to happen.
“Passengers currently need to negotiate a number steps to the platform. This makes it nearly impossible for disabled people, and very difficult for the elderly and parents with push-chairs to get to the west-bound platform. The new ramp will open up train travel to more local people and make it easier for many more.”