The lifts at Bedford train station are finally operational today after being out of action for almost two months.
The lifts were taken out of service for what Network Rail called “essential works”.
But at the time the works were criticised for the length of time they were scheduled to take and the alternative travel arrangements that Network Rail had suggested for passengers with accessibly issues.
When the works were announced, Ben Foley of the Bedford Rail Campaigners is a regular commuter into London and a wheelchair user said the works were just another addition to the long list of frustrations facing the station, which include reduced timetables for commuters and lack of investment in a station that is no-longer fit for a town.
Thameslink Bedford Station Manager, Joe Healy said: “We’re delighted to have the lifts back in operation. They make a huge difference to all those passengers who are unable to climb the stairs, not least of all customers in wheelchairs but also parents with buggies and people with heavy luggage.”
Meanwhile, Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “This work was absolutely vital and we are delighted that it is now complete. We’d like to thank station users for their patience whilst this work took place.”