A multi-million pound overhaul of Leyland Railway Station is expected to start this summer - and will take a year to complete.
A new footbridge and three lifts will provide access to all platforms for wheelchair users, people with prams and those with limited mobility.
The £3.9 million scheme was announced under the Government’s Access for All programme last year, as part of improvements to stations around the country due to take place between 2015 and 2019.
Network Rail, which maintains and develops the country’s rail infrastructure, has now confirmed that Leyland Station is included in the first year of the schedule, and the work could be completed by the end of summer 2016.
It comes after the opening of a £400,000 ticket office in 2014, the installation of new shelters, information boards and ticket machines, as well as improvements to the car parks and CCTV.
The range of improvements has been co-ordinated by Network Rail, Northern Rail, South Ribble Council and Lancashire County Council, with support from local organisations such as South Ribble Partnership and Runshaw College.
Ian Joslin, Area Director for Network Rail, said: “These improvements make accessing and using the railway much easier for everyone. They are valuable additions to the facilities at Leyland station and are part of the wider improvements being made across the railway for the increasing numbers of passengers travelling by train.”
Coun Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council, said: “I’m delighted that this vital work has been included in the first year of the Access for All schedule. This news will be welcomed by local businesses and those looking to invest, who have told us they’re looking forward to the boost this will bring to the area.
“Businesses already thrive in South Ribble thanks to our excellent links to the motorway network and nearby ports, and we must ensure that sustainable and integrated public transport is in place to further support our economic growth.
“Leyland station has seen a range of welcome improvements in recent years, but the provision of lifts is the crucial addition that we have been pressing for since 2008.
“It means this essential transport hub’s central platforms will be made fully accessible to everyone, so for me it’s the most significant step so far on this seven-year journey to make Leyland Station fit for the 21st Century.”