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Disabled Access & Accessibility

Both the Swanage Railway Trust and the Swanage Railway Company are determined that the Swanage Railway should offer the best possible facilities for the mobility impaired. All our trains accommodate wheelchairs and the Swanage Railway has also a specially adapted carriage for mobility impaired visitors - our 'open access' carriage.

To download The Swanage Railway's illustrated 4-page Trains & Stations Access Statement document in .pdf format, please click here. The document provides comprehensive information on all our facilities.

Passengers are invited to contact the Reservations Office using the details at the bottom of this page in advance if they wish to check that the open access coach will be in service on the day they wish to travel or on a specific service.

Additionally, the Swanage Railway endeavours to make provision for all passengers on all its services.

All Swanage Railway station platforms offer step-free access and Disabled access is available to most trains.

Wheelchairs are able to be carried in the Guard's Van on most services, and if the passenger has some mobility then they can sit in nearby passenger accommodation rather than travel in the Guard's Van. Our trains have corridor connections between the coaches.

A ramp is available to provide wheelchair access to trains, and our friendly platform staff and train crews will be happy to assist. Please note that our ramps have a safe weight limit of 230kg.

Donations to the Swanage Railway Trust to assist with the Mobility Project can be made via the SRT's fundraising webpage by following this link.

The nearest disabled toilet to Swanage station is located on the seafront (400 metres away), but ordinary toilet facilities are available at Swanage, Corfe Castle and Norden stations, and on most trains.

There are no toilet facilities at Harman's Cross or Herston station. Disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities are only available at Norden.

 

Station Access Details, click on the link for further details on each station.
There are lots of transport options to get to the railway, please click here for details.

Swanage

Level access from the town centre. There is a ramp available to provide wheelchair access to trains. Swanage station toilets have no disabled toilet facilities, due to their age, but Swanage Town Council provides the following facilities:

Horsecliffe Lane Short Stay Car Park. Separate toilets for men and women as well as one unisex toilet for the mobility impaired which operates using a RADAR key.

R32;

Shore Road. Separate toilets for men and women as well as one unisex toilet for the mobility impaired which operates using a RADAR key. (Currently closed for refurbishment: June 14)

R32;

Heritage Centre, by the Stone Quay. Separate toilets for men and women and one unisex toilet for the mobility impaired which operates using a RADAR key.

R32;

RADAR keys may be purchased from Tourist Information Centre in Shore Road at a cost of £3.00 each. A spare key is kept at the Fisherman's Catch (close to Shore Road toilets) for emergency use when the TIC is closed.

Herston Halt

The Army kindly built a disabled access ramp for Heston Halt in 2004, providing level access from the road, and bringing the station to the same access standard as our other stations. There are no toilet facilities at this station. There is a ramp available to provide wheelchair access from platform onto trains.

Harman's Cross

Level access from the road. There are no toilet facilities at this station. There is a ramp available to provide wheelchair access from platform onto trains.

Corfe Castle

Level access from the road. There are non-disabled toilet facilities at this station. There is a ramp available to provide wheelchair access from platform onto trains.

Norden

Level access from the Park & Ride Car Park where there are disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities in the purpose-built Norden visitors' building. There is a ramp available to provide wheelchair access from platform onto trains.