Tests start to find out what lies beneath Kidsgrove Station
Surveys are due to take place at Kidsgrove station after unmapped underground mine shafts delayed work to improve accessibility for passengers.
Network Rail began work on the multi-million-pound upgrade of the station in 2018 but had to pause work on site earlier this year because of poor ground conditions.
Over the next six weeks investigations will take place to find out exactly what needs to be done to ensure building work can resume and move the project forward.
Deborah Fairweather, Network Rail sponsor, said: “We understand the frustration to station-users at Kidsgrove who were looking forward to these much-needed improvements. We are working hard to restore this project and get it delivered, and these specialist surveys are the next step of that process.
"We are working closely with the station operator, East Midlands Railway, to ensure our work brings as little disruption as possible to passengers at the station.”
As part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme, work will take place to install new lifts and a footbridge at Kidsgrove station, Staffordshire, to ensure it's accessible for everyone.
The project will unlock the railway network for many people in Kidsgrove, allowing them easy access to travel that was previously not possible.
The vital upgrade will see lifts installed at either side of platforms 1,2, 3 and 4, as well as a new footbridge linking the platforms.
This programme of work will not be disruptive to travel, but the station will look and feel different whilst the work is being carried out.