German railway company Deutsche Bahn is upgrading two train station platforms in North-Rhine Westphalia, making them more suitable for travellers with reduced mobility and additional needs.
The train stations are located in the towns of Bad Salzuflen and Schötmar in the east of the state. The measures include raising the level of the platforms by 76 cm, adding access ramps and a tactile guidance system for visually impaired passengers.
The total cost of the measures is € 680 000, to be split between Deutsche Bahn and the Transport Association of East Westphalia-Lippe (VVOWL). Construction work is expected to begin in autumn 2014 and finish by spring 2015.
'With this modernisation programme the wishes of passengers are being implemented,' said Ludger Siemer, CEO of VVOWL. 'The measures will bring a higher level of comfort for all passengers getting on and off trains, as well as travellers with mobility problems.'
For more information, visit Deutsche Bahn's website (in German).
Photo: Maximilian Strache