National lift service provider, Stannah, have completed the challenging installation of a scenic Passenger lift within in the Art Deco ticket hall of Cardiff Central Station
Stannah were the Principal Contractor on a 4-month project to install a lift for Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail to ensure easy access to Platform Zero.
The two-stop, through-door glass passenger lift in a structure supported glass shaft stands in the west side of the magnificent Grade 2 listed ticket hall and is linked to the landing, and exit to the platform, by a seamless steel and glass bridge.
Rail travellers have previously had to climb a stairway to access the platform for the train to Ebbw Vale and passengers with impaired mobility, luggage or young children had to walk around the outside of the building.
Each stage of the process had to meet with approval from the listed buildings officer, Arriva Trains Wales, Network Rail and ultimately the Welsh Assembly who provided the funding for the project.
Jerry Sutton, Project Manager for Major Projects Team at Stannah comments:
‘We are delighted to have completed this interesting project at Cardiff Central Station. As Principal Contractor we have enjoyed outstanding support from Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail together with excellent work from all the specialist contractors who helped us achieve our goals. A huge thank you to everyone involved in this successful project to improve accessibility at the station.’
A commemorative plaque was unveiled beside the lift on 12th January 2011 by Deputy First Minister of the Welsh Assembly, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, who is also Minister for Economy and Transport.
The lift will be kept in good working order by the South West England & South Wales service branch of Stannah Lift Services who are based in Bristol.
Stannah Lift Services have completed more than 85 lift refurbishments and installed almost as many new bespoke lifts for Network Rail ‘Access for all’ project to improve accessibility right across the UK rail network.
For more information about Stannah Lift Services call the Major Projects team on 01264 364311 or go to www.stannahlifts.co.uk