Work to install a brand-new fully accessible footbridge at Newtown Railway Station is starting to take shape.

Network Rail said the project had reached an "important milestone" with work to install new span stairs and lift shafts expected to continue every Saturday night up until June 8.

"We will keep you updated as we hit different milestones during the project," said community relations manager Rebecca Harvey in a letter sent to local residents on April 19.

"The nature of our work often means some noise is unavoidable. We're aware we will be working close to your home and will try to minimise this as much as possible, but we're sorry if we do disturb you."

Network Rail plans to have both platforms fully accessible for the first time in the station's more than 155-year history by this summer.


Wheelchair users have long called for better disability access at the station in Powys' largest town which Network Rail said is currently "not suitable for all rail passengers" and does not comply with legislation and rail standards.

Passengers have been told that the station will remain open while two lift shafts, two stairways and a bridge which will be wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass each other are built on the western side of the station opposite the existing carpark.

Network Rail was granted listed building consent for the project to go ahead at the Grade Two listed station in June last year.