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Email your response to Ellen Lishman before 7th May 2020 – ellen.lishman@jnpgroup.co.uk.

Dear Sir/ Madam

We are contacting you today seeking comments as part of a public consultation process for proposed engineering works at a Watton-at-Stone Station, Hertfordshire. This consultation specifically relates to improvement works to the platforms and a new ramp which will provide access to Platform 2. The start and end date for the works are yet to be finalised at this stage.

JNP Group are preparing a Diversity Impact Assessment (DIA) on behalf of Amalgamated Construction (AMCO) and Network Rail. The purpose of the DIA is to assess the impact of the proposed engineering works at Watton-at-Stone Station on characteristics that are protected by the Equality Act (age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and marriage/civil partnerships). Once the potential impacts have been identified, the DIA can be used to plan ways to mitigate them wherever possible.

Platform Works
Watton at Stone Station comprises two platforms. Platform 1 has stepped access only via a footbridge adjacent to the station building/ticket office. Platform 2 can also be accessed from the footbridge and has a step free access point on Mooreymead Close, providing access to the north end of the platform. Please click here to view aerial online mapping of the station and click here to view a map of the station layout. Photos of the existing access arrangements and a location plan are also attached to this email for your reference.

It has been identified that the existing platforms at Watton-at-Stone Station need to be repaired or replaced. Both platforms are around 2.4m wide at present and do not have a tactile paving warning surface. Several options are being considered by the design team and Network Rail, which are summarised as follows:

• Refurbish the platforms, keep the existing width of 2.4m, provide new surfacing and new tactile paving along the length of the platform; or
• Refurbish/rebuild the platforms, provide new surfacing and tactile paving along the length of the platform, and increase the platform width to 3.1m.
New Ramp to Platform 2

The works at Watton-at-Stone Station will also involve a new ramp to provide access to Platform 2, which currently has stepped access only. The ramp will be accessed from Station Road. Two options are being considered, which are summarised below.

• Option 1: the ramp will have a length of around 75m and there will be one small turn at the end of the ramp to access the platform.
• Option 2: the ramp will have a length of around 140m and there will be three turns.
The attached diagram ‘platform 2 ramp location – example layout’ demonstrates an example of each ramp option, however please note these diagrams are for illustration purposes only at this stage and do not represent the final design.
Both ramp options have a maximum gradient of 1:20 and each section of the ramp will be 10m long. A flat landing area will be provided in between each 10m section of the ramp. Handrails will be provided on both sides, with a clear width of 2.5m between them.

Summary
The duration of the construction works and the effect it will have on passengers is unknown at this stage, as it depends on the option that is chosen. While the works are carried out, some disruption or temporary changes to the existing access arrangements could occur.

With regards to the information above, we would appreciate it if you could provide comments on whether the proposed works will have an impact on the stakeholders that your organisation represents. We are interested in both short-term (during the works) and long-term (after the works are completed) impacts.

Your comments are important to us, as the DIA aims to ensure that the work does not unintentionally have a negative effect on groups protected by the Equality Act. Please provide your response via email before 7th May 2020. I look forward to hearing from you soon, however if you have any questions please feel free to contact the team by emailing:
ellen.lishman@jnpgroup.co.uk.

Kind regards

Ellen Lishman
BA (Hons) MCIHT
Transport Planner

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