Bill Wiggin MP was disappointed to learn plans are not yet in place to install disabled access at Ledbury Station.
Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire asked a Written Question of the Department for Transport about the timetable for disabled access at Ledbury Station.
He was saddened to receive a reply this week from Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, that said:
“We have no current plans to provide funding to improve accessibility at Ledbury station.
Last year we asked the rail industry to nominate stations for our Access for All programme but Ledbury was not among the 278 stations put forward.”
Mr Wiggin had previously raised this matter with the Minister during a debate on Disabled People (Access to Transport) in Westminster Hall on January 9 2014.
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?
Mr 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.
Bill Wiggin MP has now written to London Midland, managers of the station, urging them to consider Ledbury Station at the next available opportunity.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “I want to get disabled access for Ledbury Station as soon as possible.
We have an ageing population in North Herefordshire that need to be able to access all forms of public transport.
I feel it is unacceptable that we do not have step free access to both platforms at Ledbury Station and I want to see this change.
The Government had put a fantastic scheme in place to improve these stations, but we needed the rail industry to nominate Ledbury Station for improvements.
I have written to London Midland urging them to make a case for Ledbury Station so my disabled and elderly constituents can safely and easily access our railways.”