Passengers are being advised about work starting next week to replace lifts at Watford Junction station.

The major overhaul to all three lifts, which serve the platforms, will take place over the next three months.

The much-needed replacements, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, will improve reliability for passengers for years to come.

The project will start on Monday 28 October and will take until February 2020.

To speed up the work, all three lifts will be improved at the same time, meaning that all will be out of use for passengers.

Anyone who needs step-free access to trains is being advised to book assisted travel with London Northwestern Railway by calling 0800 024 8997.

During the work:

  • Step free access will still be available for passengers using platforms 1-6. This includes London Overground services between Watford Junction and Euston.
  • Platforms 9-10 can be accessed through the adjoining car park, with a shuttle taxi service to the main station ticket hall.
  • Trains which call at platforms 7 and 8 will have no step free access.*

Extra staff and porters will be on hand at Watford Junction to help passengers with heavy luggage and to get between platforms while the lifts are out of action.

David Sides, Network Rail route asset manager for buildings, said: “Replacing the lifts at Watford Junction is much-needed because frequent breakdowns are hugely frustrating and inconvenient for passengers. We understand the lift upgrade at Watford Junction will be disruptive and we are working closely with station operator London Northwestern Railway to make everyone’s journey as easy as it can be during our work. We thank passengers for their patience while we make these vital improvements.”

Sarah Higgins, head of stations for London Northwestern Railway, said: “We know improving the lifts at Watford Junction is a priority for our passengers and during this important work our staff will do all we can to ensure the travelling experience is as smooth as possible. We urge affected customers to plan their journeys carefully and to consider using alternative stations where appropriate.”

You can book assisted travel by calling London Northwestern Railway’s Passenger Assist team on 0800 024 8997 or by visiting www.londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk/book-assisted-travel.

Passengers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to plan ahead on the National Rail Enquiries journey planner at www.nationalrail.co.uk.