PASSENGERS using Dawlish railway station will be able to cross from one platform to another using a lift for the first time in its history from today. 

This morning, the new lifts, part of the programme to upgrade and improve the station, were switched on. 

The lifts are part of a new, accessible footbridge. 

The new structure means the station is fully accessible for the first time and follows improvements made to the platforms.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: ‘Please bear with us as the new lift system beds in, we may need to make adjustments.

'The old footbridge at the Colonnade end of the station remains open for those who wish to use it.

‘If you are planning to travel today, please check with your train operator before setting out as the stormy weather may impact services.

'A huge thank you to our neighbours and passengers for your patience during the construction work.’