Access for All
Handforth Station platforms are currently accessed by steps from Station Road (a drop of about 18 feet). This makes it difficult for wheelchair users, partially sighted passengers, pram users, cyclists and others with heavy loads to use the station.
The Friends have been campaigning for better access to the platforms since the year 2000.
The two (not mutually exclusive) possible options are:
- Construction of ramped access from booking hall level to the platforms (adjacent to the existing steps).
- Construction of paths from land adjacent to the platforms (South Acre Drive and Royal British Legion).
Estimated costs have been obtained by Northern Rail. Despite these being considerably higher than anticipated, discussions continue with interested parties including the Wilmslow Access Forum.
Passenger Information Display Boards
We have been lobbying for better provision of train running information using electronic display boards on the platforms. This is especially important when the booking hall is unmanned (weekday afternoons/evenings and all of Sunday).
As of June 2018 – Northern are in the process of installing display boards to provide running information. The electricity conduits for these are in place, but the display boards have not yet been erected.