Virgin Trains Appoints Direct Access as Access Consultants

We are extremely pleased to announce that Direct Access, the UK’s leading disability access consultancy is working with Virgin Trains to provide access audits for their major intercity stations on the West Coast Mainline.

Established fourteen years ago by profoundly deaf Steven Mifsud, Direct Access has developed a reputation for high quality reports that measure compliance with the Equality Act 2010, Part M of Building Regulations and British Standards. Previous experience of transport infrastructure projects have included working with Network Rail and West Berkshire Council on Great Western commuter routes, key London Underground interchange stations and Luas, Dublin’s tram network.

steven mifsud direct access Virgin Trains Appoints Direct Access as Access Consultants, Access Audits

Steven Mifsud Chief Executive at Direct Access

“We are pleased to be working with Virgin Trains to review accessibility of stations on the West Coast Mainline,” said Steven Mifsud, Director.

“This line is a crucial railway corridor in the UK covering the major cities of London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. As well as serving the industrial heart of the nation, Virgin West Coast serves the most beautiful corner of England – the Lake District.” Virgin Trains Appoints Direct Access as Access Consultants, Access Audits

“More than 35 million passenger journeys is made on its 700 mile route every year of which an estimated 7 million passengers have a disability1.”

“Our team of NRCA Access Consultants all have a disability enabling us to offer unrivalled understanding of the barriers that disabled people face in accessing transport infrastructure. There is far more to an access audit than identifying a ramp here and a handrail there.” 

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