Wivelsfield train station to become accessible for all
PR2023032 - 08/01/2024
Plans are underway to create step-free access to both platforms at Wivelsfield train station. A new footbridge, stairs, lifts, and step free routes will be constructed to ensure that the station is accessible for all.
Mid Sussex District Council has been working in partnership with Network Rail to move this scheme forward and ensure that all members of the community can access and use key transport links.
Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, Councillor Robert Eggleston, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Network Rail and our other stakeholders to push this project forward. Across the district, we are working really hard to ensure that sustainable transport options are accessible for all, and this is another piece of the jigsaw puzzle to make this a reality.
“One of our district’s biggest assets is our proximity to the Brighton to London mainline and it’s used by thousands of our residents every day. It will be fantastic to see Wivelsfield station become accessible for all, and I know it will make a huge difference to those who need it.”
Currently, only platform two has step free access via the car park at the Gordon Road entrance, and platform one can only be accessed from Leylands Road or the station subway, both of which require passengers to use steps.
This is one part of the Council’s ambition to create safe, direct and attractive routes, encouraging people to use public transport. Most recently phase one of the sustainable travel improvements in Burgess Hill was completed in addition to other enhancements for pedestrians at Wivelsfield station. These included better bus stop access, a raised road section to reduce vehicle speeds, and improved footways.