The Consortia Group are delighted to announce that we have been appointed to deliver a new Assisted Travel Lounge (ATL) at London’s Paddington Station. The facility is designed to improve the accessibility within this major London railway and underground station, and will comprise a new seating area, reception, help point and waiting area.
The Importance of Assisted Travel Lounges in Rail
Travel can be a challenging and daunting experience for those with additional needs, especially within busy public stations. Assisted Travel Lounges are helping to mitigate this by providing a friendly space for people to get the help they need from a dedicated team. Facilities such as ATLs and Changing Places toilets are a much-needed step in helping transform accessibility in rail.
The Historical Importance of Paddington Station
Paddington Station – built by one of the most prolific figures in engineering history, Isambard Kingdom Brunel – has today become one of Britain’s most historically significant railway termini. As well as being the first station used by a reigning monarch – with Queen Victoria taking a train from Paddington in 1842 – the station became iconic in 1958 after Michael Bond’s published his national classic, A Bear Called Paddington.
The Consortia Group are looking forward to improving accessibility within a station with such historical and architectural importance. Our Bid Manager, Helen Atherton says: “We are delighted to have been selected to work on behalf of GWR to deliver this project. Assisted Travel Lounges are a much-needed step forward in improving accessibility in rail and we are very pleased to now be working on site!”.