SURVEY work is expected to take place on the lift shaft at Pokesdown Railway Station within the next few weeks.

South Western Railway is understood to have instructed engineers to prise open the rusted doors and carry out a safety inspection.

Boscombe East councillor Andy Jones has informed the Echo that the rail firm plans to carry out structural survey work at some point this month or next.

The drive to have the lift reopened has been ongoing for several years, a campaign spearheaded by local residents and the Pokesdown Community Forum, of which Cllr Jones was previously a leading figure.

Previously South Western has previously said it intends to start the lift installation this summer, with work completed early next year.

In October the firm announced it was investing £90 million in station facilities, including wider Wi-Fi coverage, more parking, refurbished toilets and waiting areas and better information screens.

Once installed the lift will save disabled people and those with pushchairs and heavy baggage climbing the 44 steps up to street level in Christchurch Road.