Access for All
Handforth Station platforms are currently accessed by steps from Station Road (35 steps to each platform; a drop of about 6 metres). This makes it difficult for wheelchair users, partially sighted passengers, pram users, cyclists and others with heavy loads to use the station.
The Friends of Handforth Station have been campaigning, for more than 20 years since we were founded, for better access to the platforms.
After much work during 2018, the Minister for Rail Transport visited Handforth Station in April 2019 to announce the ear-marking of >£2M as part of the government’s Access For All programme. This is likely to result in the installation of lifts at the station in 2021 or 2022.
Passenger Information Display Boards
FoHS lobbied strongly 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).
In summer 2018, Northern Rail installed display boards to provide running information. These can be seen inside the waiting area on each platform.
Art In A Box
Two bicycle lockers at the station have been converted for use to hold art installations. Each locker provides low-energy lighting and also a second power point that can be used by the installation.
These installations are changed several times each year, often to incorporate a seasonally-related theme or to commemorate an anniversary.
If you’d be interested in displaying your artwork at the station, please contact us.
BR Heritage Running-In Boards
The Friends of Handforth Station are very proud that we can display three of these very distinctive large name-boards at the station.
They are original heritage British Rail signs, manufactured in the 1950s out of thin sheet-metal with an enamel surface. Such signs were intended to inform passengers of their location when aboard a train entering the station, possibly while still moving at speed.
One such sign can be seen on each platform, with a third sign being mounted up on the station bridge near the ticket office for passers-by on the B5358 to appreciate.