The station lies northeast of the point where Homeston Road (northwest/southeast) crosses the tracks. There's a complex road junction at each end of this rail bridge. There's a roundabout at the southeast end, from which Station Road leads northeast. There's a traffic light junction at the northwest end, from which Smith Street leads northeast.
The other roads at these junctions lie beyond the scope of this survey.
The beginning of Smith Street forms the southeast side of Burns Statue Square, beyond which is the vehicle entrance to the hotel car park and the northwest car park for the station. We'll call this the northwest forecourt.
A forecourt, including the southeast car park for the station, separates the station from Station Road. We'll call this the southeast forecourt.
Note that the main station building forms part of the multi-storey hotel building beside platform 1.
There are two entrances/exits to this station:
As you go (northeast) from Homeston Road, along Smith Street, you go down the slope from the bridge. Although you could take the turning right, we found this quite busy with traffic and parked vehicles at the time of our survey, we suggest you cross this and take the path leading right (southeast).
You go down the slope, as you reach the kerb, there's a zebra crossing leading to the west corner of the pavement outside the hotel/station building. Turn left then go through the doorway on your right into the concourse.
As you follow the pavement of the roundabout from Homeston Road towards Station Road, you pass a gap in the wall leading to steps down to the forecourt. As you continue (northeast) along Station Road, you reach the vehicle entrance to the car park. There's step-free access from here into the station.
You go down eight then seven steps, going northeast. These steps are divided by a central rail. Continue, down the ramp to the forecourt. You pass a locked, metal gate on your left before you reach the entrance door.
If you turn left, into the vehicle entrance and continue to the building, you should find the station entrance, in front of you. There's a locked, metal gate to each side of this entrance. There are four disabled persons' parking bays outside the entrance to the station building.
As you go into the building, take the turning right. There's a help point on your right before you reach the automatic gates, in front of you. Go through the gates then turn left onto the platform. Platform 4 north is to your right, whilst platform 4 south is to your left. The steps to the bridge are in front of you as you go through the gates.
We found no pedestrian crossing of this road, except for a traffic island just southwest of the vehicle entrance to the forecourt. Note that there's no tactile paving at either the entrance or exut to the southeast car park.
This is a two-stage crossing with tactile paving. The northeast half (nearer the station) has the posts with push button and rotating cone to the northwest of the crossing, that is to your right as you cross away from the station, or to your left as you cross towards it. On the central island, you turn left then right. The southwest half (further from the station) has the posts with push button and rotating cone southeast of the crossing, that is to your left as you cross away from the station, or to your right as you cross towards it.
Just northeast of the vehicle exit, on the northwest side of Station Road, Bus Stop 6190122 serving
We noted a bus stop some distance northeast, on the southeast side of Station Road, beyond the scope of this survey.
wall with railings on right
Burns Statue Square to left
cross vehicle access to hotel
taxi rank now along left-hand side of pavement
walkway leads southeast towards hotel and station building
As you go southeast, you follow the path, with railings on each side till you reach the northwest forecourt. There's a map of the area to your right as you reach the forecourt. There's a zebra crossing from the end of this walkway onto the corner of the pavement outside the building.
entrance to hotel reception|
hotel building, details beyond the scope of this survey
bus stop 6190122|
vehicle exit from southeast forecourt
vehicle entrance to southeast forecourt
traffic island to left, no formal crossing
pavement veers right then left round roundabout into Homeston Road
gap to steps down to southeast forecourt
wall of rail bridge
tactile paving indicates crossing of Homeston Road
turn right (northeast) into Smith Street
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