The need for disabled access at Ledbury Station was raised in Parliament this week by Bill Wiggin MP.

North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin championed Ledbury Station on Thursday 9 January during a debate in Westminster Hall on access to transport for disabled people.

Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister on what he is saying. In North Herefordshire, we have disabled access in Leominster, but not yet in Ledbury. Will the Minister do all he possibly can to ensure that, next time that it is possible to sort the station out and change it so that it is accessible to disabled people, it is high enough on the list to get the funding?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Mr Robert Goodwill): Yes, I note my hon. Friend’s good point. Sadly, there is a surfeit of applications, compared with the money that there is to go round, but we are making progress every year.

After Thursday’s debate, Bill Wiggin MP said: “I am very keen to get this disabled access issue at Ledbury Station fixed as soon as possible.

“It is unacceptable, given our ageing population, that there is not step free access to both platforms at Ledbury Station and many others throughout Herefordshire and the rest of the country.

“It is fantastic that we have a scheme in place to improve these stations, but I want to see Ledbury Station moved higher up the list for improvements.”

Following a campaign for improvements to Leominster Station Bill Wiggin MP saw his efforts rewarded in June 2012 when he opened two new lifts at Leominster Station, the entrance to Platform 1 was widened and paving on both platforms was improved.

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