The station is located some distance south of Elgin town centre, on the south side of a forecourt off Station road (east/west).
Station Road continues west to become Hay Street and east to the junction with New Elgin road (north/south) from which it continues east as Maisondieu Road.
A business park has grown up around this area to include Edgar Road (east/west) which crosses New Elgin Road south of the tracks. This is important as an accessible route between platforms at this station.
There's a Lidl store between the station and New Elgin Road.
There are two entrances/exits to this station:
This is the car park which continues west from the edge of the Lidl car park, along the north side of the station. There's a vehicle entrance from Station Road at the east end and a vehicle exit towards the west, whilst the station building is about in the middle of the south side.
There's a bus stop in the middle of the island between the entrance and exit roads. We suggest that the easiest way to find the station entrance is to cross the car park from the bus stop, thus avoiding most of the stationary and moving vehicles. We found it difficult to establish reliable routes between either the vehicle entrance or exit and the building.
There's a dropped kerb outside the entrance to the ticket office, which is opposite the bus stop. Note, however, that there's no dropped kerb at the bus stop towards the station and you'll have to cross a narrow verge to reach the car park.
There's a gap to either side (east or west) of the ticket office building, leading directly onto the platform.
A ramp leads west from the car park of the Elgin marble Company, onto the east end of platform 2. To reach this from Station Road, turn right (east) from the station, cross the Lidl entrance, which has a shallow dropped kerb with tactile paving on each side, then continue to the corner and turn right (south). This is New Elgin Road, which goes over the rail bridge.
As you go south, you climb a gentle slope, past an open area on your right which slopes steeply away, before you reach the wall of the bridge. Continue, over the bridge and down a gentle slope. There's a wire mesh fence on your right until you reach the junction with Edgar Road, leading west.
Turn right, you need to cross the entrance to business premises, onto the grass and continue a few metres west to locate the pavement along the north side of Edgar Road. You can turn right here, along the pavement which veers right then left before continuing (north) through a green space between business premises. Before you reach the end of the pavement, the grass verge on your left finishes and you're beside the access road to the business park.
On reaching the end of the pavement, continue forward a couple of metres before turning left. This should avoid the vehicle access road into Asda and ensure that you're within the Elgin Marble Company car park. A wall should appear on your left after a few metres. We suggest you now move to the right-hand side and continue (west) until you reach the foot of the ramp. There's a hand rail on your right, though there's a series of wooden posts on your left, before the hand rail begins. Continue (west), up the slope then follow the path right then left again, onto the platform. Continue, beyond the foot of the steps to the bridge on your left, to be beside the train. Note that there's no tactile paving along the edge of the platform.
We found no pedestrian controlled crossings within the scope of this survey.
There's tactile paving and a dropped kerb between the junction with New Elgin Road and the entrance to Lidl. This is opposite a traffic island in the middle of the road.
There's a gap in the railings between the pavement leading towards the station and the entrance to Asda. This leads via a traffic island, to the entrance to B & Q. This is a very busy road and we don't recommend this crossing.
Although we noticed a bus stop outside B & Q, on the south side of Edgar Road, we do not recommend crossing from this point.
There's a bus stop on Station Road, on the island between the vehicle entrance and exit from the station. This serves the 328 and 329 circular routes via Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin Bus Station and RAF Lossiemouth.
There's a bus map on the station building, which list many other services. Unfortunately, this isn't useful to vision impaired people and we can only suggest you seek assistance with interpreting this.
There's an extensive business park lying south of this station, on either side of Edgar Road. Details of this lie beyond the scope of this survey, except where reference is made to the accessible route between the platforms, described above.
This is the station car park which lies between Station Road and the station itself. It is bounded to the east by the Lidl car park, with an intermittent pavement separating these two areas. We understand the disabled persons spaces are along the east side of the station car park.
east gap to platform 1|
pillar supporting canopy|
dropped kerb outside blank door
pillars supporting canopy
wall ends as you reach the platform
very slight slope up, note no tactile
not for public use|
station building starts|
information about Elgin
post supporting canopy
entrance, taxi drop-off outside
post supporting canopy
windows of waiting area
wall retreats then continues west
Elgin bus information board, not useful to vision impaired people
west gap onto platform 1
wall retreats twice|
ticket machine on north side of second recess
wall juts out with windows from waiting area.
building ends as you reach the platform, note no tactile
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