Lichfield MP sceptical over appointment of railway station champions

Michael Fabricant MP at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station

Michael Fabricant MP at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station

Plans for a review of facilities at railway stations across the country have been met with scepticism by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

Transport Minister Lord Adonis has appointed two ‘station champions’ after being shocked by station facilities during a recent six-day fact-finding tour of the country’s railway stations.

Lord Adonis said of his tour of Britain’s railway network:

“It was clear that the quality of stations is extremely variable and at many major stations the service level is often downright poor. I experienced stations where toilet facilities were closed or uncleaned, where there was a lack of refreshments or adequate bicycle or car parking facilities.”

But Mr Fabricant – who has campaigned over the lack of facilities at Lichfield Trent Valley which sees two of the three platforms inaccessible to disabled passengers – doubts the appointments of ex-Virgin Trains chief Chris Green and Sir Peter Hall will have an impact on his constituents.

He told The Lichfield Blog:

“With Government Ministers failing to address the issue of disabled access at Lichfield Trent Valley, I will call on the Tsars to visit the station – not that I expect it to make the slightest difference. I can but hope.”

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