I fully support West Midlands Trains in their bid for funding to implement Access for All at Ledbury Train Station
I have long campaigned for these vital improvements as it will benefit so many residents living in Ledbury who are elderly or disabled.
Indeed when the Transport Secretary visited Ledbury in North Herefordshire he witnessed himself just how poor the access for all was at this unique station.
Lifts to all platforms at Ledbury would be a tremendous improvement. At present, while travelling on a train to Hereford, disabled passengers who want to disembark at Ledbury have to continue on to Hereford and catch a train back to Ledbury just to be on the accessible side of the platform.
This is wrong, most of all to people with disabilities but also the lack of access has undermined the useful nature of our station and contributes to the vicious circle which lack of access has on footfall.
Access for all would be the most important improvement for our station not least due to the Ledbury community having a predominately elderly population, not forgetting parents with children in prams and push chairs, as well as people who simply have very heavy luggage, all whom currently have to navigate the steep stairways and elderly bridge.
I heartily support this bid for what is a key step in making long overdue improvements to Ledbury Station that will make life easier and better for residents and commuters alike.